Throwback Thursday: Rural Mailboxes in the Snow

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Throwback Thursday: Rural Mailboxes in the Snow


Rural Mailboxes in the Snow in California mountains


We used to journey to the California desert cities regularly during the year, taking the trip through the mountains then down a long winding hills into Palm Desert.


We were there a number of years ago after New Year's (2013) and traveled through quite a bit of snow...not something we get here in Carlsbad although we can see snow covered mountains off in the distance.


This collection of rural mailboxes in the snow - a collection of more than 50 - was too good a photo opportunity to drive by.


I'm glad I took the time to take this photo, and several the year before during the summer, since on a later trip in 2014 the mailboxes had all disappeared - no doubt progress of some sort in the mail delivery process!


Rural mailboxes

Comments (18)

Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

That is quite the row of mailboxes.  Interesting the changes that happen over time. 

Dec 05, 2019 04:23 PM
Faye Y. Taylor
StepStone Realty, LLC - Floresville, TX
Homes for Sale Floresville, La Vernia &San Antonio

Not postive Jeff but I think it is post office rules.  Our farm used to have several mail boxes together and now all are in front of the actual home.  Actually stupid as the route carrier has to make a ton more stops to deliver. Wear and tear on the vehicles for all the extra starts and stops.  And rural carriers have to provide their own vehicles.  (My dad was one back in the day of grouped boxes like the above picture)   Yet in the subdivisions, they have gone to cluster mail boxes.   The guys driving the postal trucks have less stops and the guys driving the country roads now have more stops.  Makes sense like everything else the government runs. 

Dec 05, 2019 06:22 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Sharon Lee 

We drove by them many times and I never stopped for a photo. So glad I did, a couple of times. I was really bummed when they all disappeared!


Dec 05, 2019 07:56 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Faye Y. Taylor 

I suspect you are right! No doubt the change was for the convenience of the P.O. not the homeowners. I was tempted to drive down the road to see what might have changed but felt like an interloper.



Dec 05, 2019 08:01 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeff loved both photos and had to laugh I knew in Carlsbad you would not get the white stuff:))Endre

Dec 05, 2019 10:44 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Jeff Dowler, CRS wow... that poor mailman who needs to pay close attention to which box he's stuffing mail into!!

Dec 06, 2019 03:10 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Jeff... I've seen something like this a few times but can't say I was ever "moved" to take a photo of it. These days nothing we see much in city limits so it's probably worth preserving in a photo.

Dec 06, 2019 04:30 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That looks like the original cluster mailbox and is quite a sight for sore eyes, haha.  I definitely prefer having the mailbox in front of each home, but that isn't as common these days.

Dec 06, 2019 05:10 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Jeff. Been years since I have seen a collection like that up close and personal. Thanks for the memories. Enjoy your day!

Dec 06, 2019 06:07 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Those were quite common in days gone by, weren't they?  I think most of them have been replaced with more secure clusters thanks to fraudsters.

Dec 06, 2019 09:05 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff the snow plow knocks my mailbox down every year, I think the driver does it on purpose.  I bet he would have a field day trying to wipe out all of these mailboxes in one shot.  

Dec 06, 2019 10:54 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

What a fascinating display. All I can see when I look at those boxes is stolen mail. At the very least I would have found a way to secure the content of the boxes. Wonder what they put in their place?

Dec 06, 2019 12:11 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Well I suppose it is always possible for snow if it gets cold enough Endre Barath, Jr.  but it's not something I think about. LOL.


Dec 06, 2019 01:13 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi George Souto 

Yep that happened alot to us when we lived in New England. Drove me nuts. The plow alway came by right after I finished clearing our driveway!!


Dec 08, 2019 09:17 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Mimi Foster 

I would not be surprised if stolen mail was an issue, and in that general area there were lots of mailboxes grouped together. Maybe the required homeowners to put them at their houses (I was tempted to drive down the road to see) or pick mail up at the P.O.


Dec 08, 2019 09:20 AM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

The mailboxes are gone to history and you have captured them for posterity.  The photos should be framed and hung in their local post office.

Dec 09, 2019 04:26 PM