Mailboxes of Mississipi Mills – Part 1

Neil

by Neil Carleton

While I’m looking for and hanging out with shady characters in the area, many other things catch my eye along our rural highways and byways.  The rock outcrops tell a story of colliding continents, long ago tropical oceans, and a landscape once locked in ice.  A flash of orange indicates the nearby perch of a Baltimore oriole.  A profusion of wood anenome flowers is accompanied by heady spring fragrances on the breeze.

Then there are the mailboxes at the end of each driveway or farm lane.  These roadside treasures can be delicately painted, roughly welded, finely crafted, duct taped together, dazzling new, and weather challenged.  Many stand upright, and others list precariously.  Some go well beyond utilitarian with their creative construction and detail.

1 Pakenham 7th 2659 June 21 2013
From time to time an older mailbox is replaced by a brand new model.
Even duct tape only lasts for so long when exposed to the outdoor elements.
Even duct tape only lasts for so long when exposed to the outdoor elements.
Scenes of grazing cattle are on mailboxes here and there in our area.
Scenes of grazing cattle are on mailboxes here and there in our area.
The faces of gentle deer grace more than a few rural mailboxes.
The faces of gentle deer grace more than a few rural mailboxes.
Hand painted horses speak of an equine affection.
Hand painted horses speak of an equine affection.
21 Bellamy Road 2533 June 21 2013
Could there be only one mailbox in Mississippi Mills that features dogs?

In the future articles I’ll include photos with birds, bugs, and field produce; wooden and welded assemblies; special airmail mailboxes; and much more.