Wait a minute, Mr. Postman: Mainers’ unusual mailboxes

Posted Aug. 02, 2014, at 5:40 a.m.
The well-known Miss Piggy mailbox was dressed up for the Fishermen's Festival earlier this year in Boothbay, Maine.
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The well-known Miss Piggy mailbox was dressed up for the Fishermen's Festival earlier this year in Boothbay, Maine. Buy Photo
A mailbox figure waves to passing motorists in New Gloucester, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty | BDN
A mailbox figure waves to passing motorists in New Gloucester, Maine. Buy Photo
A moose silhouette adorns a mailbox on Route 1 in Monticello, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty | BDN
A moose silhouette adorns a mailbox on Route 1 in Monticello, Maine. Buy Photo
An old pair of skis marks the spot of a mailbox in Belgrade, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty | BDN
An old pair of skis marks the spot of a mailbox in Belgrade, Maine. Buy Photo
Its unlikely the mailman will climb this tree to deliver the mail in Weld, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty | BDN
Its unlikely the mailman will climb this tree to deliver the mail in Weld, Maine. Buy Photo
Less desirable mail is more difficult to deliver on Route 1, south of Houlton, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty | BDN
Less desirable mail is more difficult to deliver on Route 1, south of Houlton, Maine. Buy Photo
The same goes for mail on this back road in Denmark, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty | BDN
The same goes for mail on this back road in Denmark, Maine. Buy Photo
And also this one in Dryden, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty | BDN
And also this one in Dryden, Maine. Buy Photo

WELD, Maine — Either it’s a joke or the mailman here brings a ladder when he delivers the mail to the Jacksons’ place. How else would he get the mail into the box mounted on a tree limb more than 10 feet above the ground?

For some Mainers, an ordinary, humdrum mailbox simply won’t do. They add their personal touch, expressing their creativity or sense of humor, knowing it will catch the eye of passing motorists and hopefully give them a little chuckle.

In this second part of a series, photographer Robert F. Bukaty shows us some of the unusual mailboxes that caught his eye on his recent journeys across the state.

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