I think being a mail carrier has to be one of the most dull professions there is . I mean, you drive around by yourself with stacks of other people?s mail. Stop at the mailbox, open the flap, put in the post, close the flap, drive off, and repeat. I think I would go funny after only one day!
So it makes me wonder, is that why some people put up bazaar mailbox for sale? Don?t misunderstand me I?m all for customised mailboxes. I have on more than one occasion put my last name and house number on my box. And I have anonymously longed for one of those fancy brick numbers that are not only beautiful to have a look at, but also extraordinarily functional. I mean they're indestructible!
personalisation is one thing. I'll handle the family name mounted or painted in a pretty font. I'll even tolerate some decorative elements such as birds, flowers, or even a favourite sports team. But I put the cutoff point at larger than life animal statues that make you stop and wonder, ?What were they thinking?!?
for example, in a neighboring city there's very nice house located on the gulf of Mexico, and stationed prominently by the road sits an almost-life-sized mother manatee holding a stainless steel mailboxes. Now this in itself is bad enough, but it just doesn?t stop there. Down toward the mummy manatee?s tail there ?swims? A sweet tiny baby manatee. But it?s not swimming with momma, no it looks as if it is nursing! Now I'm sure that it's not really nursing, because manatees nurse their babies from a gland under their armpits. But if you didn?t know this tiny tidbit of pointless trivia, you would possibly think that this fascinating mailbox features a nursing baby manatee! I'm wondering what goes thru the mail carriers head!
This isn't the only artistic mailbox out there. There are websites devoted to nothing apart from foul mailboxes. I found photos of mailboxes featuring chiseled pelicans, ketchup bottles, swimming fish, and even Mickey Mouse. The creative endeavors didn?t end with the mailbox, some home owners got creative with the mailbox post, using anything from rims, to dump metal, to old tree limbs.