monochrome monday


An old brass mailbox
in the outside wall
of an apartment building
West End Avenue between 72nd & 73rd Streets.


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40 comments:

  1. Beautiful picture, esp. in monochrome. Some day this might hang in a museum and people will point and wonder what a mailbox is/was. I can't remember the last time I put a stamp on anything.

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  2. Remember the day when people were are urgent with their need to get a letter in the mailbox as we are to send a text message????!!! Great chunk of nostalgia here! Oh, and we're monochrome neighbors this week (again?). Greensboro Daily is sandwiched between the Hip Chick and the Out and about in NYC! Two greats!

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  3. i cant help but wonder... is there any old letters hidden in there??? CBW I hope that day never comes... I still get that excited happy feeling (just for a brief second) at snail mail ... then open the box only to find junk and bills.... le sigh but... there are days!!!!!!!

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  4. Oh wow, I haven't seen one of those since I first started with the post office 23 years ago. They're really not very functional, but there is something about them that's charming and I like them.

    There is a business building in the city where I work, and it used to have a facade box on every floor that looked just like this. The mail was supposed to fall through a chute to the ground floor where it would be picked up. When they removed that system, years ago, I heard that they found old letters caught up in the chute from years ago.

    They used to have this kind of box that stood free on a stand, too. They were heavy boxes...watch your fingers! The slots weren't very big, either, so if you had lots of letters, it could be a tedious project to get them all in.

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  5. I never did know what a US Mailbox looked like - thank you, Daryl.

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  6. Amazing. Stamps were cheaper and the mailboxes were so much nicer looking. Now you can't even find a mailbox and they are so boring. Not even red and blue like my childhood. Sigh!

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  7. Somebody else said "charming", and I think that may be the best word to describe it. A great look back.

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  8. Oh, I love this! What a fantastic Idea for a Meme, yes? Okay, you do it. :)

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  9. I love everything about this picture... Doing in B & W adds to it's vintage look! Love the shadows too.

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  10. I remember when they were on every corner. Now, you can't even find a single one.

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  11. I love it when beauty is consciously added to everyday things. Lovely!

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  12. Daryl, I'm not doing Monochrome Monday but I had to comment on this very effective b&w shot! The contrast are extraordinary! :)

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  13. that's a beauty
    another example of art out of ordinary :)

    we should all 'Mail Earl' :)

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  14. We still have a few of the old style Royal Mail Red Pillar boxes left.

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  15. This is bizarre! I was just thinking.. I miss my old life.. I miss blogging... I miss Daryl.. Then I come over and there is a MAILBOX of all things!!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! How wild is that!

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  16. Wouldn't it be nice if life were still that simple??

    **big sigh**

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  17. Nice with all the elaborate detail, the springs and letters so sharply defined.

    Three Rivers Daily Photo

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  18. That's really cool. I'd actually like to see the color version, if there is one.

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  19. Hm I am wondering what mail early might be ... I am with aims, where is mail late?
    ;-)

    Very nice photo! I might be the only one who thinks the mail box is even more charming because of the ripped sticker ... but this gives the photo a special touch.

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  20. Like the way the letters and other details jump out in high contrast. Nice photo of a neat old mailbox.

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  21. Perfect subject for a monochrome. I love old mailboxes like that, but unfortunately they are a thing of the past. You don't see any in new buildings as nice as that. Do they even put them in new buildings?

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  22. Great shot for the MM series, Daryl. Made for a good post.
    Get it? Post?

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  23. What a great shot. I love how something basic can make the best picture.

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  24. An oldie but goodie!

    You've heard I'm sure about the letter that refused to go in the slot! An independent note that didn't want to get boxed in!

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  25. I love old ornate mailboxes. Probably a weird thing to love but, whatever - I'm weird!

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  26. I still have the hubby's family's original mailbox (downtown) #15. I love old mailboxes! Great idea & shot...

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  27. Beautiful. You always know when to make it monochrome. Your instincts are so spot on for that.

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  28. Great one. Mail Early.......cause we have no idea how long it will take us to get our act together and deliver your letter!
    V

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  29. Great subject, and while i normally refrain from shooting anything in hard sunlight this version in b&w benefits from the hard shadows and contrast. I like the look.

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  30. I'm imagining the variety of communication that passed through that slot over the decades!

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  31. Art. Both the photograph and the mailbox.

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