Given my passion for the post office, it’s no surprise that I love mail boxes as well. I especially love pictures of mail boxes and friends.
The one that started it all, a photo of artist Theo Tilton next to a giant mail box in Louisiana. Roland Sweet notes, “In the fall of 1986, Theo and I were exploring back roads in Louisiana. We were driving along U.S. 65 between Ferriday, home of Jerry Lee Lewis, and Tallulah, when we spotted Ben Burnside’s big mailbox in Tensas Parish. I started to snap the picture, then realized I needed some reference to show how big it is. Theo obliged.”
Laurie Winship at the Windsor Castle mailbox, September 26, 2000. Photo by Lee Baker.
My future niece-in-law, Ritsuko Hatano, at a classic pre-war mailbox in the countryside of Japan. Shot with a Casio cellphone camera by Sean Winship, May 2004
Annie Riker at a Postes Canada mailbox, Montreal, May 30, 2004
”Waitin’ for the Man” — Roanoke Island, shot with a pinhole camera by Gregg Kemp, April 2004
Zoe Zenowich next to a Hrvatska Posta mailbox on the island of Hvar, Croatia, August 2004
Robert Blades and the oh-so-debonair Willie in front of Westminster Abbey, London, summer of 2004
Lorraine Woerner, October 11, 2004, in Casalbordino in Abruzzo, the town where her Grandma Leone was born and lived until she was 21.
Abbie Winship in Quito, Ecuador — “Ciudad, Interior, Exterior: In the City, within the country and out of the country” — December, 2004
Lee Baker at The Lizard, the southernmost tip of England, May 2005
Chris Welsh stands within 15 feet of the mailbox at the Williamsville, VT, Post Office.
Dr. Melissa Conway e la cassetta delle lettere, Assisi, Italy, March 2005
Kihm Winship at the Montisi post office, Tuscany, March 2006
Rita Norbury in Zagreb, circa 2006
Nick Baker, looking like an affable KGB contact at the “Posta” box, Prague, November 2006
Sean Winship steadies a Thai post box in Bangkok, November 2007
In January 2008, Tim Byrnes takes a break from the World University Debate Championships at Assumption University in Bangkok. Photo by Tyrell Haberkorn.
The fearlessly ecumenical Rev. John Backe in Tehran, Iran, April 2008
InHye Cho, in Seoul, Korea, May 2008; photo by Tae Hern Kim (Ken Kim)
Ritsuko Hatano in Australia, September 2008
Paul Cormack and Peter Rafalow after an evening of fine dining, in Toronto, November 2008
Susan Hollar in Korea, November 2008
Clarice Wilkinson at the post office in San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 2008. Photo by Abbie Spire.
Sarah Bang in Greece, March 2009
…and in Vatican City, April 2009
Matt Benic in Japan, with a postbox made from a sake barrel (!), November 2009
Lauren Dickinson of Corpus Christi College by a pillar box in Oxford, 2009
Rita Norbury at the Manatee Viewing Area, TECO Power Plant, Sarasota, April 2011
Karen Nickle mails in Madrid…
… and in Valencia, August 2011
The dashing Holland Gregg in Paris, early 2012. Photo by Patience Brewster.
Holland in Holland! Holly Gregg pauses by a mailbox in Amsterdam, May 2012; photo by Patience Brewster.
Postal all-star Sarah Bang in São Paulo, Brazil, November 2012
Mariya and Bella Rose by a pillar box at EPCOT, Florida.
Hattie Watson, Philadelphia, November 2014
Holland Gregg posting from Lake Garda, Italy, June 2016
Leandra Medine, N.Y.C., June 2016. She’s not actually my friend, more’s the pity, but I’m a fan and this photo was too much of a gift not to post.
Melissa Conway in Italy, June 2016
Becki & Steve Harris in Harris, Michigan
Rob & Karen Hoover at Yosemite Lodge
Kelly Harris graces the post office in Kigali, Rwanda.
My grandniece, the amazing Alienor Jean Winship at a Japanese post box; photo by her mom, Ritsuko Hatano, shared March 2017.
The one, the only Angela Poccia and her proud father at the Vatican, July 2017.
Ellsworth V. Bahrman at the Newport, RI, post office, 2018.
Robert Blades, April in Paris, 2018
Ingrid Parsons in Ballater, Aberdeenshire, UK, June 2018.
Katie Bang in Spain, 2019
Tyler & Parker Watson at Bunratty Castle, Ireland, 2019