Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Post Haste

But You Don't Look A Day Over Sixty

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


This mailbox – in an unfamiliar suburb – stopped me in my tracks last Wednesday afternoon.

Why? Two reasons, I guess. First, it’s not every day you see a light-blue mailbox. Second, it’s obviously seen better days, judging by the rust, the wonky orientation and the damage to the top.

But in totality, I saw a certain beauty here. Simply because it was, well, different. I saw something to be admired in the context of the way it fitted its surroundings – the painted picket fence, the garden and the unswept leaves that formed a beautiful bronze carpet.

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29 comments:

Shadow said...

it's certainly different. and yip, i like it too

Nora Johnson said...

Totally agree, it's different and stands out from all the other uniformly pristine mailboxes you usually find in suburbia.

And, yes, I like it!

xxxLola & Nora:)

darsden said...

ours use to be in that condition when we would go look for it after the kids would pass and hit with a base ball bat... NOW it is a steel concrete one.. I sure wish I had seen them when they tried to hit it...oh yes they did try...wonder where they got their windshield fix after the bat returned to them and how they explained that to their folks.

gaelikaa said...

It's nice!

Katney said...

I am glad I stopped by. I have been off-line so long that I forgot that I was going to start doing My World Tuesdays. I had a couple of ready topics while my computers were down, but I may have to go out looking for something. But it's still Monday here, so I have time.

Katney said...

BTW, we have a mailbox with a bullet hole in it. It was that way when we bought the house--the previous owners' divorce was less than friendly.

Abraham Lincoln said...

My number is forever 43. At least the house has that number. It isn't even official as it has another number for legal purposes. Nice post.

Brian Miller said...

actually very cool...too many drab mailboxes out there, not to appreciate one that got a little TLC.

Charles Gramlich said...

It certainly has character.

TechnoBabe said...

Very good attention grabbing title and snark and photo. Really enjoyed this post and photo. Gotta give you the gold star for this one!!!!!

Daryl said...

61 is the new 21 ... LOL ...

James said...

I wonder how long it's been there and how many paint jobs it's had?

Rudee said...

I'd leave it be if it were mine. It's eye-catching.

Sean said...

Perhaps it was once nice, and once there was care, once there was a quirky person who lived there, however still, I am not sure! Nice post!

Maggie May said...

It certainly has seen better days judging by its crumpled state.
I am now wondering what colour mail boxes in Aus are?

Willow said...

Yes, it's an eye catcher. It is possible that at one time the mailbox said 19, fell off and was replaced upside down...

imac said...

Neat David.

mkreider said...

The mailbox makes me feel young!

ewok1993 said...

I love it. I am always on the lookout for something "different" to be photographed too.

Have a great week.

Sylvia K said...

You always find wonderful different, and unusual shots, David, and they're always delightful! This one is no exception! The mail box speaks to me I guess because of its age, but the shot itself incorporates it all, the humor, the age, the tattered beauty, a glimpse of other times!

Have a great week!
Sylvia

Moannie said...

You are right, as usual, the beauty in simple things...and it is old too, I just love things with a bit of age to them, well, I would, wouldn't I?

Mimi said...

It's certainly unique, in a vintage sort of way!

Babooshka said...

One thing we rarely get in the UK is a mailbox. In fact I can't recall seeing one off hand. If we had them though, it would probably confuse our postman

Jenn Jilks said...

Interesting markings.

secret agent woman said...

It has a nice rustic look to it.

Denise said...

Lots of beauty in wonky things and you've certainly caught it here in this delightful photo.

Arija said...

Love your heading David. The letterbox is certainly one of a kind, I really like the artistic touch of shading the numerals.

Could I nominate Ecobirder, no.2 on the list, for post of the day?
His text is informative and goes so well with the quite beautiful illustrations.

Heavenly Housewife said...

Blue and yellow are opposite on the color wheel. It makes things pop.

Jazz said...

That is one cool mail box. Go figure.