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.
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 Biblio.com with several copies for sale. (On Twitter @) I’m interested in ordering a copy of the paperback.
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.”
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)!