ξGetting the mail used to the be the highlight of my day. Who knew what unexpected package or card might have been left by the postie? Nowadays, most things arrive by email and my mailbox is fast becoming redundant.
However, many people still rely heavily on their delivered mail and the mailbox stop is an important part of the daily or weekly routine. Some mail is exciting, some rather dull, some is just junk. But whatever the content, the mail is left in some sort of container, waiting for someone to come and retrieve it. It may be through the front door and onto the doormat, or it may be left in a box at the garden gate. Perhaps in a large array of identical mailboxes – differentiated only by the number on the front. Or, like the row of mailboxes in the image above, they may all be very different – just like their owners!
Recently, I noticed a mailbox in the shape of a Redback* spider! That got me thinking that it could be fun to set up a quest to see how many unusual mailboxes could be photographed and linked in some way.
Unfortunately, I could not stop to get a photo of the spider mailbox, but I did get the chance to get a few others later on that trip.
There must be so many wonderful, imaginative mailboxes around the world, perhaps there is one near where you live? As we become more reliant on email, these will gradually disappear. Who knows, in a decade or so, these communication hubs may disappear altogether. (This has already happened with phone booths in many areas. Where there is good mobile phone coverage – the public booths have vanished!)
So I think it would be a good idea to capture and record the mailbox era before it too, is gone. I have already found a few which I really liked and thought these could kick start the collection. These include the popular milk churn and one that I had never seen previously – a beer keg! (And I will try to get a photo of that spider mailbox next time I go past that way.)
The use of fridges as mailboxes was once very common in rural Australia and they are still occasionally seen. Fridges are a good place to store the milk, bread, mail and any other items that are regularly delivered. Because they are insulated, this keeps the contents relatively cool as well. The biggest plus though, is that marauding magpies, crows and goannas are not able to get to the goodies inside!
So if you spot a mailbox that is postworthy (pun intended :-)) and would like to add it to the quest, this is how to do it.
Get a photo (please either photograph without the owner’s details or cover/blur them so that they are not readily identifiable) and post it on your site. It would be good to know the country and state (perhaps?) of each entry, but to protect the privacy of the owners, please avoid any detailed location information in your post or in the photo(s).
Tag the post ‘Amazing Mailbox Quest’, then add a link to it in the comments on any of my ‘Amazing Mailbox Quest’ posts so that others can find your link. I will also add a link to the list on this page.
I imagine that it may take many months to collect these photos. Often they are only seen when out and about when travelling. So I will put an Amazing Mailbox Quest category on the header of my site. This will make it easy to find this post whenever you want to add a new image to the collection.
This could be a lot of fun and I look forward to seeing what everyone can find to share with other readers!
* Redback spiders are poisonous, but very distinctive spiders which occur quite commonly in southern areas of Australia. Not really the sort of thing that one would think of when designing a mailbox 🙂
Amazing mailbox contributions:
Have you ever…..
- Redback spider mailbox
- A penguin got my mail
- A man from Mars
- A spinning wheel
- Piranha guards the mail
- Petrol bowser mailbox
- A horse mailbox
- A pelican can
- A kangaroo and a cow mailbox near to each other
- Cottage mailbox
- Country church
- 4WD without wheels
- It’s a tank box!
- Weekend mechanic
- Ned Kelly and his gun
What other bloggers have found
- Incoming or outgoing mail to the UK? Maybe this mailbox does both!
- A firm favourite for mailbox subjects, Snaphappi has found another wonderful cow box to add to the mail delivery herd!
- Anyone into mother and baby mailboxes, Snaphappi has found a real treasure!
- What a gorgeous pink pig – Snaphappi has been busy with the camera and has snapped a great curly tail!
- Scrapydo has found one which has a dire warning to all possums to stay away!
- For those of you who enjoy boating, Scrapydo has found a motorboat engine for a mailbox!
- Pommepal from ‘Memories are made of this’ has quite a few delightful mailbox additions including another very different Redback spider mailbox.
- At Peregrination, Mudlips has found a mailbox that is set well back from the road and facing the wrong way! Follow the link to find out why!
- Another great find from the Apple Isle. Pommepal has found a cow, a green pig (that she thinks should be painted pink!), the last old red mailbox in Tasmania, and a big one carved with a chainsaw!
- A terrific mailbox has been added to our collection from Acacia National Park in Maine. A gorgeous, huge foghorn! Cross to Dogear’s lovely post and you will find a photo of this beauty about half way done the page.
- Scrapydo from ‘Everything crafty’ has found yet another lovely mailbox from New Zealand. It is a ‘Wood cabin mail box‘ made by her neighbour.
- Another great pair of mailboxes with dairy theme from Pommepal: a cow and a ‘whole lot of bull’!
- And what about having a look at a delightful Manatee mailbox that was found by the author at the Priorhouse!
- Anyone who likes metalwork will love Cee’s metalworker mailbox.
- A firefighter lives here surely! For something very unusual, have a look at a mailbox made from a fire extinguisher!
- Anyone for a robotic mail experience – have a look at this creation found by Snaphappi.