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Creative Mailboxes

5/22/2012 11:34:00 AM

Tags: mailboxes, water-pump handle, encased in brickwork, disks stand, decorated with flowers, D. Susan Rutz

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RutzAs a young student, I lived in Virginia and field trips at that time meant a day in Washington D.C. visiting the museums. Don’t get me wrong, it was fun. Anytime you get out of class to spend the day somewhere else, it’s fun, and we saw a lot of interesting things in those museums. I liked the Natural History the best, because of the dinosaurs (yes, even back in the old days before dinosaurs became cool, I liked them).

Now that I live in the Midwest and I am semi-retired, my field trips can involve various excursions in the country.

I love spending the day driving around the countryside investigating what is happening in my own backyard. I keep searching for scarecrows, but the fields these days don’t display the stick figures that once graced a corn field with pride. I’ve also noticed that there are not as many weather vanes to crown old red barns as there used to be.  Change, everything has to change, and when some of the old favorites disappear, new ones pop up.  I am referring to the art of mailboxes.

Throughout my search for the scarecrow, I noticed that some folks get real creative with their mailboxes. If you have something old lying around, don’t throw it away, use it to hold up your mailbox. I have seen the graceful art of mailbox designs as a challenge to find the most inventive creations. I carry my camera everywhere I go, just in case I see a winner.

Some mailboxes are covered with designs and surrounded by flowers.

Mailbox decorated with flowers
Mailbox decorated with flowers. 

Others are encased in stone to protect their valuables from vandals.

Mailbox encased in brickwork
Mailbox encased in brickwork. 

I appreciate the effort homeowners put into their mailboxes creating a statement of pride for the neighborhood to enjoy. 

Mailbox with water-pump stand
Mailbox with water-pump stand. 

Mailbox using disks stand
Mailbox using disks stand. 

Check out your neighborhood for outstanding mailboxes and leave me a comment about what you find. I know I’m going to keep searching for the ultimate in mailbox expression. Next Field Trip: Random Acts of Patriotism.

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2/25/2014 11:46:08 AM
What a joy to awaken to 4" of soft fluffy snow. Nothing to do outside today, other than plow the drive and feed the chickens. Inside it is a different story. For the past week, each day it is seed starting for the garden. It is a great day for Homemade soup and fresh Sourdough Bread. The fragrance will fill the house all evening. Yesterday the Robins (that didn't spend the winter) arrived along with Cedar Waxwings,Red-winged Blackbirds, and a new pair of youthful Bald Eagles. My favorite time of winter. Have a Blessed day, friends. Palousegal

5/24/2012 2:47:50 AM
Welcome to GRIT bloggers from myself and the hooligans. I blog as Rosedale Garden. Most of the mailboxes around here are dented up from folks not having anything to do but ride around and hit them with a baseball bat.

5/23/2012 1:12:48 PM
Susan, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. I'm afraid that my urban neighborhood has mailboxes attached to the house so they are not very interesting and only functional. Rural mailboxes by the street or road tend to be more creative than city ones. With the advent of the shrinking government mail system, I just hope they don't go to the gang mailboxes at the end of the street. So far it hasn't happened but suspect someday it will to save the mail carriers time. It's sad to see how the country's mail system has degraded over the last 20 years. It used to exciting to get mail but now it's mostly advertisements. Technology probably has some part in the demise. I will look forward to many more of your posts to capture the random acts of patriotism. Have a great day with the camera.

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