Mailbox Art

Have you recently taken a good look at the different mailboxes out there?  They can take on their own art form.  Over the course of this Summer I’ve been receiving photos from friends of mail boxes while on their vacations – which got me exploring just what is out there with Mailbox Art.

Attribution: Cover of book “Mailbox U.S.A.: Stories of Mailbox Owners and Makers” by Rachel Epstein from

There is a book from October 1996 entitled “Mailbox U.S.A.: Stories of Mailbox Owners and Makers : A Celebration of Mailbox Art in America” – celebrating mailbox art by Rachel Epstein.  It is listed on with several copies for sale. (On Twitter @Biblio_com) I’m interested in ordering a copy of the paperback.  

There are over 2000 items listed of Mailbox Art for sale at with a beautiful selection of prints. (On Twitter @FineArtAmerica).  The rural mailboxes looked amazing that have been captured.

Attribution: Image (upper left) and this from email subscriber taken while on vacation in Italy, 2015.

And at the Smithsonian Postal Museum there was a page on Folk Art Mailboxes (On Twitter @PostalMuseum).  It included an Arabian mailbox, and a bear mailbox located at a business that does chain saw carvings and sculptures.  It was from 1992 and again in 1993, when “the National Postal Museum asked rural carriers to be on the lookout for intriguing and especially creative rural mailboxes.”

Thank you to  @Biblio_com  @FineArtAmerica and  @PostalMuseum who are referenced in today’s blog post.

How about you?  Have you been stopping to take photos of interesting mailboxes that you come across?  Are you pulling your car over to stop and jump out and get a photo of that great collection of mailboxes you are looking at?   I hope you will join me in having fun with your camera in collecting images of mailboxes (if you aren’t already)!

Anchors Aweigh,





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