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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Theme Day: Mailbox

Today's City Daily Photo theme is "Mailbox," which can be interpreted in more imaginative ways than I came up with. That's okay, the homeowners here did the interpreting for me. I love their slightly twisted, "approved by the postmaster general" U.S. mailbox.

I wonder what they're commenting on, exactly. Not that I want to know. Right about now, this could mean anything.

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23 comments:

Dina said...

Quite upsetting to see the flag upside down. Isn't that considered a sign of warning or disaster or something? And otherwise, a big no-no? The postmaster general would not approve.

J Bar said...

Love it.
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Jilly said...

And I love the angle of the shot. Confess I didn't notice the flag was upsidedown.

Bellis said...

The Postmaster-general couldn't have noticed the flag was upside down either. Well, I guess after personally approving a million or so mail boxes, the odd mistake slips through.

Petrea Burchard said...

I don't find it upsetting so much as confusing, Dina.

Hi J Bar, thanks!

I didn't notice at first, either, Jilly. I pass this one regularly.

Do you think the flag was put on by the manufacturer, Bellis? I think the mailbox was decorated by its owner. And I wonder what era the decoration comes from: Bush? Obama? I'll bet a dollar this goes back to Nixon.

AntiguaDailyPhoto.Com said...

Saludos desde el paĆ­s de la eterna primavera. This is shape I remember the most for mailboxes.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

this look slice a slice of Americana. good image

Speedway said...

You've found the place where the legendary chocolate milk cow lives. She's been there for years, financed by her stipend from Hershey.

WV: As in Dr. Seuss, who could just as easily have written "Borden Hears a Moo."

Speedway said...

Oops! I forgot to put in the WV word, which was "suesse."

... daisy... said...

I have always somehow dreamed of having a house like you see on your TV series with a mailbox exactly like this!!!! :-)
And speaking of mailboxes... the mail office in my village is opened only twice a week so I am positive... this will be the week and I'm getting my camera ready!!! ;-)

John Sandel said...

It's either a sign of distress, or dad was drunk when he got home from the VFW meeting. Or maybe the mailbox was manufactured in Australia. Anyway, I like it.

nicki said...

THanks for the mention! I wasn't quite organised enough for the mailbox photo but nest time I'll join in!

Petrea Burchard said...

It's a typical, old-fashioned American mailbox. This style used to be more common. I like it.

Let me know, Daisy!

I didn't know that about flags, J.

Welcome to the family, nicki! I hope you enjoy yourself.

John Sandel said...

Does that stamp of approval mean the Postmaster was not specific in his/her approval ("Mailboxes … yeah, they're great …") or that the Postmaster Specific was indisposed ("I'll be out in 15.438 seconds! A little privacy!")—?

It's hard to believe that an Postmaster would have time to approve individual mailboxes (strolling along the assembly-line, eyeing the stampers' handiwork: "Yes … yes … yes, looking good, there, Louie—how're the kids? … yes … yes … that one's a little too parallelogrammatic, don't you think? … Yes … yes …"); and at each nod, the metalsmith's mallet comes down—WHONK—and the legend is embossed for posterity.

No, that can't be how it goes. And besides, who among us have ever even seen a Postmaster? Do they live in secret underwater bases, with bubble-cars or something?

Is being a Postmaster anything like a Toastmaster? We have a Poet Laureate—could we have, say, a Poetaster General? Or (if we need the tax revenues) a Potmaster General? If so, we probably shouldn't let either have a mallet.

altadenahiker said...

With every new house, I remember my parents holding serious discussions about the new mailbox. I think the last one was one of those brick crypts.

Personally, I prefer old school, like the photo. Something totally unashamed that it's purely utilitarian. (But I wouldn't paint it.)

Laura said...

I seem to recall that *all* mailbox designs must be approved by the Postmaster General. It's not something we think about, but the manufacturers have to.

As for the flag...well...the flag code has been dead ever since people decided it was patriotic to fly it at night (unlit), fly it in the rain, have improper flag-to-flagpole ratios, and wear it as clothing. I don't see that putting it upside down is any worse than making a shirt out of it.

TheChieftess said...

My first thought was "how very Americana"...then I read Dina's comment and went back to check the photo...and yes, technically, it would be some kind of sign of disrespect, if one were following flag protocols, but Laura is spot on about the irreverance and lack of protocol now a days here in the good ol' US of A!!!

Petrea Burchard said...

Freedom of speech, y'all! (From the Poetaster to the Potmaster.)

postie said...

It always is lovely to see a good size mailbox. As a former postie I hated when someone had a small sharp edged mailbox. Got many cuts from those. And its nice to see them out in a very approachable place. Not hidden. Always was a chore when you went on a new route to find all the mailboxes. Some were put in some weird places. Loved the theme this time

Susan Campisi said...

I have a slot in the door. Tommy was guarding the castle the other day, sleeping on the mat in front of the door, when a handful of mail came shooting through. Scared the life out of him. It was pretty funny. Sorry, Tommy.

Petrea Burchard said...

I'll bet you did, Postie! This one makes me want to replace ours.

Susan, you're lucky. A friend of mine has a couple of little fluffy dogs who protect her from the mail by attacking it when it comes through the slot.

Book Dragon said...

it took a bit before I realized the flag was upside down.

I too think it is a sign of distress.

It is completely possible that the mailbox belongs to someone new to the country, that is so excited to be here and they just don't know flag rules.

Petrea Burchard said...

I have a fantasy about this one, Book Dragon--that someone slapped that flag on there somewhere within the last forty years, intentionally or un-, perhaps in protest of some government policy or other, or some war or other, and they've just never bothered to get a new mailbox.