Mailboxes – Container Photo Challenge

Scentia Road and Mailboxes

This type of container is rapidly becoming obsolete. Canada Post keeps cutting rural delivery routes and moving folks into communal arrays of boxes for 20 to 100’s of customers. Their argument is that stopping at the side of the road to deliver mail is dangerous, but that’s only a small part of the equation, with cost and a decline in the volume of mail being more significant factors.

The first photo has a second box hanging below it for The Guardian, PEI’s major newspaper, whose motto is “Covers the Island like the dew.”

Scentia Road and Mailboxes

In early April I was desperate for something to photograph. Flowers weren’t out yet, the landscape was scruffy and I wasn’t near a source of street photography. These mailboxes are a different type of street photography: from the Trans Canada Highway and the Scentia Road (a side road off the TCH in Vernon Bridge) and each one is different.

Scentia Road and Mailboxes

Scentia Road and Mailboxes

Scentia Road and Mailboxes

Scentia Road and Mailboxes

Scentia Road and Mailboxes

Scentia Road and Mailboxes

 

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11 comments on “Mailboxes – Container Photo Challenge

  1. Sandy Jess says:

    Interesting photos! We will be changing from home delivery to similar boxes in our area in Ontario….must be done within five years they tell us….we continue to enjoy your photos! Thanks!

  2. lauramacky says:

    Lots of different mailboxes! Some say I wonder if they’ll all be gone.

    • buntymcc says:

      Oh they will be; Canada Post has given notice.

      • lauramacky says:

        Oh wow! I had no idea. The good thing is…no catalogs!!

        • buntymcc says:

          Hmmm. Catalogues that you’re on the mailing list for would be delivered to your new communal box. Unsolicited mail (aka junk mail) would also go to your new box – but (at least in my rural postal district) you can ask not to have flyers/junk mail delivered to your box.

          • lauramacky says:

            Oh a communal box. I thought they were going away completely as in online only. I think mailboxes should be abolished in this day and age but I can’t stand paper anything anymore. Thanks for letting me know how it’s working up there.

  3. HansHB says:

    Great shots, well done!
    My B&W Blog: http://hanshb.wordpress.com/

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