Letterboxes and Mailboxes 4 You
Letterboxes (mailboxes) don't have to just boxes
In Australia, as you drive around in country areas, there are many fun adaptations of the traditional letterbox, especialy where there are groups of mailboxes at the junction of a country road, so the postman need only stop once.
I love the inventiveness of people, and I suppose the competitiveness of each family to see whose is the 'flashest'.
Even near isolated industrial areas, you will see a mixture of styles, like the picture here, which I took while drivng through a coal mining area.
Why do we have letterboxes?
So the postie can deliver our letters
Not only letters (mail) in the country.
The postie might bring bread, or other foodstuffs, milk, and anything else that the family has arranged to be dropped off by the mail contractor as they come past.
In towns, they are just for mail, letters and parcels. Sometimes the paper delivery person will put your newspaper in your letterbox too.
British postboxes are pillar box red
Image: Microsoft Image Gallery
Why did I take the picture
I took the photo at the beginning of this hub so that I can start a series of small wall quilts with country letterboxes printed on fabric.
I am going to take many more photos as we travel around, and expect to have lots of fun making the quilts.
My horrible unstylish letterbox - It came with the house - but it's not staying!
Why have a boring mailbox?
When you can have a colourful, or unusual one...
Irish postboxes are green
Fancy or plain mailboxes where you live?
Are there any unusual letterboxes in your area?
Country letterboxes - on the other side of the world
Image: Microsoft Clipart Gallery
How cute are these?
Hand made decorative mailboxes
© 2011 Jan T Urquhart Baillie