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Sunday, 26 March 2017

The mailbox

It is not standard issue, a rectangular box planted on a post outside homes in rural Prince Edward Island. Islanders are often creative with their mailboxes. The most interesting ones are usually at the end of long driveways leading to a country farmhouse. We have seen some unique mailboxes but the most unusual one thus far is on the side of the road across from a farm in Lower Bedeque.

This mailbox spent its best days as a lawn mower, the ride-on type. 

 

Such movers are common on this island where people have large swaths of grass to mow, making hand moving time consuming. This little mower cut many blades of grass by the look of it. Today it is well maintained and stands waiting, regardless of the weather.

This Ford mailbox also has newspaper holders, the yellow and green pockets under the machine. A lever on the right side is lifted to indicate you've got mail. The mail is deposited in a covered pocket under the front engine area. 

 

Someone looked at the old mower and said, "Mailbox," and there it stands. A creative way to recycle!

34 comments:

  1. Lots of imagination as well as planning and work to get a sturdy base for these. Love them.

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    1. It is firmly in place, that's for sure, Celia!

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  2. Big smiles. Some of our country mailboxes show similar ingenuity. In town they are mostly utilitarian. And dull. Ours included.

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    1. Around the city here the mailboxes are standard as well, EC. This one in the countryside stands out for sure.

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  3. Your postal people are very liberal in accepting all types of boxes.

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  4. I'll just say it is interesting and leave it at that. I see a lot of "different" ones in this area, mostly on farms. I love mine, a big beautiful post with a pot in the back for flowers!!

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    1. This one is the biggest I've seen so far, Debbie. Not dainty or pretty for sure!

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  5. Hi Marie. Very creative! I always did admire creative mailboxes. If a mailbox doesn't adhere to postal regulations here, you won't get your mail! My husband always bought the cheapest, plainest, mailbox you can buy. Now we don't have mail delivery to our home, so mo mailboxes in my development. Our development has it's own little post office and our mail gets delivered there. Andrea

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    1. Andrea, we have door to door delivery in western PEI.

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    2. I've never seen anyone but our new home have it this way. Our development is gated so they do the central post office with a different address for each of us (which is really a post office box number in disguise) for privacy. Andrea

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    3. It sounds like a secure area. Just a nice walk to get the mail!

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    1. This mailbox was worth some photos, Mildred.

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  7. I love that unique mailbox! Someone decided to repurpose a beloved old friend, it seems. :-)

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  8. Definitely the most unusual postbox I've seen Marie, I bet the postie loves this one ☺

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    1. It catches the attention of passers by, I'd say, PDP.

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    1. That's for sure Debra. I think the base goes into the earth's core!

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  10. That's what I call creativity. Darn, I took my lawn mower to the iron scrapyard and got 5 dollars for it...:(

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    1. Who know what other uses a lawnmover can have, troutbirder?

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  11. It certainly was innovative to mount an old mower and repurpose it as a mailbox.

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    1. It really was, Judith. We had to stop and have a look.

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  12. It's wonderful. Thanks for these little windows into the PEI world.

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  13. Well, that is about the most creative mailbox I've ever seen, lol! Amazing the ingenuity of people, I never cease to be amazed :)

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    1. It is pretty creative alright, SUI.

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  14. That's a very special mailbox.... dual purpose too.

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    1. Very versatile Ford product, Shammickite!

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  15. That's the most unique mailbox I've seen!

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  16. What a wonderful post. A very creative way to reuse an old piece of machinery, don't have to worry how to get rid of it.

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  17. So true, Bill. Disposing of things today is more complicated than it used to be.

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