Before the days of the internet, people used to communicate to each other by writing letters which they received in what’s called a mailbox. Of course, though we may not write letters to each other anymore, we still have these remnants around mostly because we don’t have teleporter technology that enables us to send packages and bills through the internet. And the fact it’s one of the few forms of communication that everyone uses to some level or another. So whether you like it or not, mailboxes are here to stay indefinitely and snail mail is not dead. After all, where else can the postman deliver the DVD you rented from Netflix? Nevertheless, most of us usually have mailboxes that aren’t too fancy such as a plain metal box with a round top and red flag to alert the mail carriers to pick up the stuff we’re sending off. Some might use a box on the front of their house. Or some might use a large mailbox around the corner. But there are some people who have rather elaborate mail boxes that might strike you as quite unusual or probably mark the home of the neighborhood nut job. Of course, in my area if someone had a mailbox that looked as outlandish as the ones I’ll present to you, people might not see them as sane since my neighborhood once endured a series of mailbox smashings during a summer when I was sixteen. This left the one at my house at the time basically reduced to a plastic stand that my family had to receive their mail at the post office for awhile until my parents bought a metal one in its place. And that’s why people in my neighborhood can’t have nice things. But at any rate, for your reading pleasure I bring you a glimpse into the crazy world of mailboxes.
- Now that’s one way to recycle an old broken microwave.
But if you want to use it as a mailbox keep it secure on a wooden post, attach a flag, and apply some house numbers. Otherwise, people are just going to see it as a microwave and take it.
2. Guess this is the mailbox for Robot Chicken.
Robot Chicken does videos on the internet, by the way. But this mailbox really takes the robotic chicken concept quite literally.
3. Looks like this mailbox has already sprouted flowers.
Okay, they’re metal flowers. But whatever they’re made from, they’re quite pretty to me.
4. With a mailbox like this, catfishing seems to take a whole new meaning.
Catfishing is when you meet someone in person you met through phone, mail, or online and they don’t turn out to be what they say they are. Yet, this mailbox is of a literal catfish.
5. This mailbox shows how this mountainous area as if it had bloomed from a flower.
Too bad the petals on this flower seem to resemble butt cheeks. Yeah, that doesn’t look right.
6. If you can have a flamingo in your garden, how about one in your mailbox?
After all, a flamingo mailbox is just as tacky as a lawn ornament. Besides, it’ll make you stand out in the neighborhood.
7. Perhaps you and your neighbors can make the mailman’s job easier by putting your mailboxes on a wheel.
That way, the mail carrier can just spin the wheel to deliver the mail instead of having to stop their truck constantly. Seems more convenient to them.
8. This mailbox is all held up by a bunch of pencils.
And they all seem to be in different colors, too. But I’m sure you can’t use them.
9. Why chase windmills when you can receive your mail in one?
Sure having this might make people think you need a psychiatrist. But it sure looks quite charming in its own way.
10. Got rusty mailboxes? You can always decorate them.
One of these is decorated with a crocheted quilt cozy. The other has flowers on it. Seems like this one is used for a college.
11. Hope you can get to your mail before the bear does.
Didn’t know you can have wood sculpture mailboxes. Not sure how that works. But this is quite clever.
12. Guess this biker wants to out jump this orange mailbox.
Yes, I know the person who lives at that place is either crazy or a repressed art major. But at least no one is bound to mistake their address during mail time.
13. This mailbox boldly goes where no man has gone before.
Yes, this is a mailbox depicting the Enterprise from Star Trek which is set at a time when nobody uses mailboxes at all. Seriously, they have replicators and teleport technology.
14. If you want the mail carrier to remember where you live, how about a mailbox of your own house?
After all, whoever lived there certainly did. Then again, some people might not have that option.
15. Looks like this house belongs to a Mr. Charles Brown.
Because I can recognized that it has Snoopy and Woodstock. Still, like the red doghouse motif.
16. This scuba diver mailbox seems to belong under the sea.
After all, the guy swimming certainly seems like he’s underwater. Also, note the crabs below him.
17. Didn’t know you can plant flowers near your mailbox.
Then again, I’m not sure whether some of these flowers are even real. But they sure are pretty.
18. Looks like this maibox is standing on half a boat.
Well, half a kayak anyway. Probably seems like it was created by someone with too much time on their hands.
19. This skeleton is just lounging around without a care in the world.
Yes, he’s just kicking back with food, beer, music, and lots of sun. What more can he ask for?
20. Guess this is where everyone makes a deposit so the mailman can withdraw.
Because this mailbox apparently resembles an old wooden outhouse. And it has a spider on it.
21. Seems like this box was made from a whole neighborhood block.
Actually it’s just a wooden mailbox with homes painted. But you have to admire the vibrant colors.
22. My, that’s one fearsome fish.
On bright side, having a mailbox like this can potentially scare off potential smashers. On the downside, it might scare the shit out of mail carriers and everyone else.
23. Wonder what’s buzzing inside this one.
Hope it doesn’t contain anything that might get you stung. Still, this is really adorable if you ask me.
24. Apparently, some painter lives at that address.
You can obviously guess from the wooden paint pallet and brushes. Guess the artist wants to advertise their craft.
25. In this mailbox, every type of mail has its proper place.
The fact that papers and bills go into the old wood stove is only coincidental. Looks like someone doesn’t care about receiving such stuff very much.
26. So is this mailbox used by a school?
Because it seems to really take the form of a yellow school bus. Like how they have little people figures inside.
27. Don’t mind the blue stick figure handling the yellow mailbox. He won’t hurt you.
After all, he’s just being very friendly. So it’s nothing you should be concerned about. Honest.
28. This tractor mailbox can hold its mail fill at any rate.
Doesn’t hurt that it was made from an old propane tank. Got to love the wheels and the seat.
29. Seems like this mailbox is quite fancy.
This one seems to have a lovely painting and a lot of flowery touches. Definitely not one you’d want in my neighborhood (because it might get smashed).
30. In Hawaii, tiki mailboxes are all the rage.
Well, at least in some areas anyway. Not sure if I’d like to see people with mailboxes containing weird faces and wild hair like that.
31. Sometimes you might need some robotic help for mailbox handling.
But don’t worry. Sure Zorg may seem like he wants to kill you. But he’s just holding the mailbox for the Patterson family. Nothing you should worry about.
32. With a mailbox like this, you might be flying high.
Guess any mail received in this goes in first, business, or coach. Unless it belongs to Southwest Airlines, then it’s always coach.
33. So this is where you’d receive the pelican brief.
By the way The Pelican Brief is a legal thriller by John Grisham that was made into a movie. And sorry, bird fans, but it has nothing to do with pelicans. But this mailbox does.
34. Not sure if the mail carrier will ever see the irony here.
But I’m sure this mailbox will stand in rain, snow, sleet, or hail. Because the mail must always be delivered save Sundays or holidays.
35. Guess this person loves to make a flowery impression.
Yes, it’s a large flower all right. And the mailbox is smack dab in the center. Wonder what the mail carrier thinks about that.
36. Sometimes a mailbox is considered a sacred space.
But you can’t help but like this one of a dazzling blue church near a seaside town. So lovely.
37. Seems like this mailbox comes locked and loaded.
No wonder this mailbox belongs to an NRA member who doesn’t believe in gun control. Probably a place I want to avoid.
38. Hope this mailbox doesn’t let out a squawk.
Though this is a colorful parrot mailbox. Wouldn’t want to see it get smashed.
39. Looks like the mail comes in at the last drop.
Apparently, it seems do in this pipe mailbox. Guess this might belong to a waterworks.
40. Imagine trying to send your mail from a tree stump.
Well, I’m sure this isn’t really a tree trunk. But it doesn’t quite seem right, don’t you think?
41. In the event of biblical flooding, this mailbox can keep your mail dry for 40 days and 40 nights.
Okay, I know that’s not the case with any mailbox. But since this is a Noah’s Ark one, I had to put a little biblical humor in this one.
42. This marlin mailbox might seem a bit fishy for some people.
No, this isn’t a swordfish, though marlins tend to be mistaken as this. But marlins don’t have nearly that long of bill and display more elaborate fins.
43. Nothing makes a mail carrier happier than a mailbox hanging garden.
The mail goes in the birdhouse on this one. But the flowers on this are quite pretty.
44. Anyone from Purdue would surely love to receive their mail in the Boilermaker Special.
Really wanted to do something with the Boilermaker Special in the college sports craft post. But I couldn’t find any relating to that.
45. Guess whoever owns this mailbox has been swept up in patriotic fervor lately.
Not only is this mailbox and stand painted like an American flag, but it even has a bald eagle on top. Guess someone must have too much time on their hands.
46. When mail comes a knocking, this mailbox is a rockin.’
Yes, this mailbox is in the shape of an electric guitar. How cool is that?
47. This mailbox comes with a maritime touch.
It’s shaped like a submarine periscope with a boat on it. And it seems to be from Wales.
48. You may not see anything nearly as graceful as this mailbox.
Sure swans may be beautiful creatures on the water. But they’re not friendly. In fact, they can be quite mean and vicious.
49. Seems like this little owl house mailbox has to be a hoot.
Well, the mailbox is on the owl statue. But it seems to be a quite clever design nonetheless. Love the owl glasses.
50. No, I don’t think you’ll find any electrical circuits here.
Nice to see how this is specifically labeled “US Mail.” So you won’t mistake it for something you see on the power lines.
51. Looks like someone in this neighborhood is working for the Galactic Empire.
Yet, apparently, their mail seems be all up in Darth Vader’s TIE. Oh, wait, could he live there?
52. This golf cart mailbox doesn’t hesitate to tell people to drive safely.
Or at least I think it’s a golf cart because it sure looks like it. Then again, it might be something else.
53. This Big Ben mailbox knows how to make an impression.
As to why anyone would want a mailbox that high, I don’t have the slightest idea. Seriously, it might need a lightning rod at that point.
54. A mailbox like this is perfect for down on the farm.
Since it seems to be shape like a little red barn you see in children’s books. Like the roof though.
55. Here we have an old cowboy and his dog at this mail depot.
Both seem to be likely cast in bronze, too. Guess this mailbox certainly did not come cheap.
56. Guess this traffic light doesn’t tell you when to stop or go.
Guess each one has a face on which type of mail. I bet the frownie red face is for bills.
57. This mailbox seems all shelled out.
Well, all seashelled out, anyway. Another mailbox you wouldn’t want in my neighborhood. Lovely.
58. You wouldn’t want to run into this standing white tiger.
You should also know that he knows karate. So he could basically nail your ass in more ways than the average tiger. Avoid.
59. Got an old fashioned camera? Perhaps you can use it as a mailbox.
Well, if the said camera doesn’t fetch a good price at an antique shop. Then again, it’s worth a try.
60. Hope you know how to smile for the picture.
Okay, this is a Nikon camera mailbox made from wood. Guess the mail comes in from the side.
61. This mailbox comes well anchored.
In this case, quite literally if you apply the maritime logic. Even on land.
62. Apparently, someone’s mail has a large snake wrapping around it.
Don’t worry, the snake isn’t real and is only on there for artistic purposes. So you’re safe.
63. Insert your Santa letter here.
Didn’t know there even was a mailbox you can send your letters to the North Pole. Interesting.
64. This mailbox is all covered with gears and chains.
Looks like the decorations on here came from a bunch of old bikes. Like the face in the front.
65. This lighthouse mailbox will help you find your way home.
Wonder if it really lights up like a real lighthouse. Then again, I do admire the brick work, too.
66. This hammer mailbox surely nails it in.
Or perhaps “mails it in.” Maybe that’s not a really good pun. Hope the mail carrier in that neck of the woods isn’t a real tool.
67. This computer mailbox is always online.
Well, not online on the technical sense. But it’s a great place to mail back your Netflix DVDs.
68. This metal camper contains special deliveries.
Then again, why anyone would want to use a mailbox while camping is beyond me. Seriously, why?
69. This drum set mailbox doesn’t miss a beat.
Apparently, it came with cymbal and a gong. Hope it doesn’t get out of hand with the bass.
70. I’m sure you won’t get any gas from here.
Because it’s used for holding mail, not fuel. Also, it’s kind of in an old fashioned style like 1950s.
71. You can always go with the old stage coach option.
Never mind that it’s practically obsolete since we had trains, cars, and planes. But at least you can have this wooden mailbox.
72. Bet you can send your letter with this little seagull.
Sure it looks like a bird in the box. But it’s an adorable bird in the box. From Japan.
73. For a more eco-friendly delivery, a birch mailbox will suit your fancy.
Goes well with a birch tree. But will it hold up is my question. Probably.
74. Guess this casket mailbox is buried with mail from the inside.
Then again, you can tell where they put the mail in. Guess this is for a funeral home but it doesn’t seem that way.
75. Seems like this beaver has been a bit lonely lately.
At least its chomping on a log over a wooden mailbox. Still, it’s adorable.
76. This US Capitol mailbox surely has its own patriotic charm.
Well, seems like a rather skinny replica of it, anyway. But I really think this is an awesome design.
77. This cactus mailbox seems to have room for 3.
Sure it’s all in green. But at least it’s somewhat convenient for the neighborhood.
78. This log cabin mailbox has a rather rustic facade.
Seems like it was made out of Lincoln logs for some reason. Maybe because Lincoln logs look like that.
79. This lighthouse mailbox will surely shine on the coast.
Yes, it’s another lighthouse mailbox. But this one is made from wood, painted, blue and much smaller than the other one.
80. This shiny red barn mailbox comes with its own black weather vane.
Yes, it’s another barn mailbox. But this one looks different and has a more shinier look to it. Couldn’t pass it up.
81. This horse mailbox can sure gallop with grace.
This one is also cast in bronze. Not sure what I think about the mane. But it’s almost lifelike.
82. This fire truck mailbox may not put out fires but it’ll keep the mail secure.
There seem to be a lot of firetruck mailboxes. But this is the one I think really stands out for me. Love the detail.
83. This green mailbox comes with its own built in lift.
This is certainly for a company called Sunbelt. They specialize in construction equipment rentals.
84. This Green Bay Packers mailbox seems rather cheesy to me.
Then again, it’s only fitting since their fans are called “Cheeseheads.” So they have to come with a cheesy mailbox, too.
85. This mailbox has the spirit of an Old West saloon.
You know the place in westerns where they all get into fights and shoot each other. Still, this has very fine woodwork.
86. Of course, many young children could dream of having this Thomas the Tank Engine mailbox.
Well, this seems kind of fancy for Thomas. But it’ll do. So cute.
87. This Up mailbox is a pure Disney Pixar dream.
A lot of people seem to really like the Up house. Maybe because of the nice colors and balloons. Love it.
88. This mailbox should indicate to you that you’re in Gator country.
As in Florida Gator country. But note that Florida also has a lot of real alligators, too. And they’re not friendly.
89. This shows where real mail and span go.
I’m sure the spam mailbox is practically empty. But this set up is pretty amusing.
90. This lobster mailbox always comes in fully clawed.
Now that’s a funny looking lobster. But since it’s a mailbox, I’ll allow it.
91. In this set up, junk mail always ends up in the toilet.
Well, I have to admit that whoever made this has quite the sense of humor. Yes, junk mail is a pain.
92. Would you want your mail from the butt of an AT-AT?
Hey, at least it’s better than having to face one in battle. Yes, those things can be destructive as you’ve seen in the Empire Strikes Back.
93. This lobster trap mailbox has a lot of sea life to it.
But it’s not going to make the lobster happy, isn’t it? Still, wonder if it’s a real lobster trap. Probably.
94. This mailbox has Batman to the rescue.
You have to admire the person’s creativity on this one. Though I’m not sure about the legs.
95. How about putting your mailbox within a tiki hut?
Guess this is made from straw and bamboo if it’s not from some replica plastics. Better than the tiki statue one.
96. No one could resist sending mail in this little penguin box.
Yes, it’s a cute little penguin mailbox. And it’s in an environment you’d probably won’t see penguins. At least outside of nature shows.
97. Seems like this mailbox has been caught in a tree.
Then again, that’s not really a tree. And the mailbox is supposed to be held up in the branches.
98. So I guess this not only receives mail but also pumps water.
Guess like the brownie box camera, water pumps are obsolete technology used for artistic purposes. Yet, this seems to work.
99. This manatee mailbox seems all dressed for a luau.
There’s someone who seems to dress a manatee mailbox for holidays and special occasions. But I suppose the hula thing is the default mode.
100. And last, I feel that I can conclude this post with a red caboose.
After all, the caboose is usually the end of the train. So I guess the caboose mailbox fits.