Friday, February 23, 2018

Conyers, Georgia, USA

An ailurophile lives here. What's that? Figure it out from the picture. Confirm by visiting Merriam-Webster, where you will also learn that the first documented use of ailurophile was in 1910, the same year these words entered the English language: air-condition, bad guy, crossword, loudmouth, raw bar, sociopath, and war zone. [2015]

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Hondo, Texas, USA

Don't hurry through Hondo. Slow down and enjoy the roadside scenery. After all, this is a community whose welcome sign for decades has greeted visitors with these words: "Welcome. This is God's Country. Please Don't Drive Through It Like Hell." [2009]

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Bear, Delaware, USA

Two dogs and one cat: Are you getting the impression that this might not be a residential mailbox? The only way to find out is to do some field research on Dogs and Cats in the town of Bear in the Blue Hen state. Oh, my! [2008]

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, USA

Mailbox animals are pack animals. Where you find one, you expect to find more. Sometimes, it is the result of neighbors competing with each other to see whose property can attract the most attention. [2009]

Monday, February 19, 2018

Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, USA

Is that Blue Dog or just a blue dog? It's the latter, but maybe inspired by the famous line of paintings by George Rodrique.  His Blue Dog was inspired by Cajun folk culture and expanded to international popularity from his home in New Orleans. [2009]

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Vacherie, Louisiana, USA

The mailbox is in Louisiana, so this might be the Louisiana state dog: the Catahoula Leopard Dog (adapted to the swamps and forests of the state).  Or, it might just be a hound. [2009]

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Colonial Beach, Virginia, USA

Hazard alert! If you are delivering mail to this address in Maine (Oh! Sorry, Virginia), you will have to learn to avoid the crusher and the pincher: Lobster claws they are, and they're poised to strike. [2017]