Scenes from September 9

I first noticed these art deco mailboxes in a little country post office several months ago.  I, like so many other times before, wished I had my camera with me.  I vowed to return and take pictures if I could do so without looking like a nut job.  Don’t know if I succeeded in the latter (I jumped when I realized the clerk watching me from the window), but I got the pics.

Functional art deco

Functional art deco

They don't make 'em like they used to . . .

They don’t make ’em like they used to . . .

 

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  1. danielle

     /  September 9, 2013

    Those look a lot like the mailboxes in the MTSU student union.

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  2. Lovely! Where were these taken?

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  3. I wonder when they were installed. The motif looks like a Greek Revival style. That could be anywhere from the mid 1800’s – 1940’s. A mystery to solve…… What fun!

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    • Jennifer Butler Basile

       /  September 11, 2013

      Yes, I did notice the ‘Greek key’. Thought the sunburst looked art deco. Looks like I have some research to do! I just thought they were so neat.

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  4. happycat13

     /  September 9, 2013

    Reblogged this on happycat13 and commented:
    It is all in the details!

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  5. Love these 🙂

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  6. I’ve taken those rushed don’t want to get caught casual photos…usually they end up crooked! Those are very very cool!

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    • Jennifer Butler Basile

       /  September 11, 2013

      Yeah, my anal-retentive gene hates that the doors aren’t lined up in the frame! But my embarrassment won out! Glad I’m not the only one!

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  7. I think they still have these at my hometown post office! Love them. Very cool!

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    • Jennifer Butler Basile

       /  September 11, 2013

      Aren’t they beautiful? Much better than ridged gunmetal gray doors!

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    • I had a chance to bid on similar mailboxes a few years ago on an auction. They were from a traveling postoffice. Auction was not attended well and I could have had them for an apple and an egg. BUT my husband didn’t feel like braking his back to load them on a truck we would have had to rent. They would have looked too cool in my craft room and i would have plenty of uses for them.

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      • Shame on him! They sure would have looked way too cool and would have helped with organizing!

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      • You know guys! Had it been a motorboat or tool closet/chest, it would not have been ANY problem. hahaha.
        Actually hubby is not all that bad most of the time.

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      • Jennifer Butler Basile

         /  September 23, 2013

        Oh, the possibilities! I’m wondering now what I could put into those little slots! I suppose getting them home would be a logistical nightmare, though, eh?

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      • I have NO problem to fill them up: Embroidery floss is one row, gadgets like various scissors, needle threader, seam rippers….. another row,
        Buttons get organized by color or size…..
        magnets of different sized and shapes, screws, picture hangers…… endless little junk like rubber bands, paper clips, stamps…..

        Don’t tell anybody this ( hihihi), but since I did not get the traveling postoffice, I have all my “stuff” in those plastic wet towel sanitary toilet-paper boxes from Scott. My husband ( American) is always really “perturbed” how I recycle like that. I even suggested to freeze blueberries in those- seal it off with plastic wrap.But he says how “disgusting” that is. What does the plastic box care what it was designed for? I am oblivious and practical. I guess that comes with having a childhood in the refugee camp.hihihi I can use ANYTHING to make something. Be blessed

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      • Jennifer Butler Basile

         /  September 24, 2013

        What, they’re sanitary! Ha!

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      • Sure, besides…. some people never use them as toilet paper, but as handy wipes in the car or something. Fact 95% of the world population never even HEAR of wet wipe toilet paper!hihihi

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  8. Got better mail boxes design then Apponaug

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  9. Rebekah L

     /  September 13, 2013

    My post office still has these old style mailboxes as well. Actually the architecture of the entire building is pretty amazing. Love it!

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