Wednesday, November 11, 2009


I guess one day these things will be something of the past. E-mail, bill-pay and all the other electronic means of communications are taking a toll on the United States Postal Service. Not too long ago I read that the USPS is considering a five day delivery week instead of the six we have now and a rate increase. These say there's a drop in the need for their services.
For the most part I have always liked the USPS. When we lived in Shirley, we had the greatest mailman, Joe. He always went over and above the call of duty. Whenever I had those little orange Kodak boxes of slides delivered, Joe would walk them up the 200 foot driveway. He didn't want to leave them in the mailbox. I was privileged to photograph his second marriage, his sister's marriage and is daughter's marriage. And I was very sorry when Joe decided to leave the route and take a counter job at a different post office. He's a town away now, and I see him whenever I need stamps.
All the years of mail service and I never lost anything in the mail, coming or going. I still look forward to receiving a letter from an old friend. It's not the same when a past acquaintance friends me on Facebook. I still enjoy walking down to the mailbox and finding a letter from a friend.
So I for one will be upset if I live to see the day everything is electronic. Yea, I know it's probably greener to go electronic, it just doesn't seem the same to me.
Today's photo was made yesterday in Rocky Point while I was looking for Rick and Georgiannne house.
I used the Canon 5d and processed it with ACR.


S. Etole said...

I just like mailboxes ... maybe partly because I live in a rural area and where you see a mailbox you know there is a home ... and you never know when something special might be waiting when you open up the door to your own mailbox.

Mrs. E said...

I'm with you--I love mail, too!

georgia b. said...

great photo! i love photos of repetition. or collages of such, like doors or things like that.

i've been more appreciative of snail mail lately. i have a friend who likes to hand-make cards and write me little notes of encouragement or thank you. it's always such a treat to receive, especially over an e-mail.

SiLa said...

I really don't know how I missed this photo!? I love those old mail boxes!
I like to go to mailbox and pick up a letter to read... yes, i will be sorry if everything will be going electronic.