Mail services

 

 

Around the world, post offices, mailboxes, and letter boxes come in a vast number of appearances. Below, a selection is shown, arranged alphabetically according to country.

 

 

Chile

 

 

Chile 2011
This mailbox in the town of San Pedro de Atacama has been placed near an ancient Peruvian peppertree (Schinus molle). (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

 

Denmark

 

 

This letter box in the town of Gudhjem, Bornholm, is indeed worn, but has nevertheless been adorned with small figures and rocks. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Bornholm 2016a
Another much-used letter box in Gudhjem. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sjælland_2017_060
Letter box, shaped as a house, Hornsherred. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

This rather inefficient mailbox in central Jutland was probably destroyed by vandals, having New Year ‘fun’. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

 

Estonia

 

 

Europa 1972-2005
The entrance to this post office in the town of Lihula is a worn, but still beautiful wooden door. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

 

Germany

 

 

Letter box, designed as a cow, Bühlertal, Black Forest. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Postmen, beware! – This sign in Bühlertal reads as follows: “Watch out! Free-running dog. Postman 5, Burglars 3, Cats 6.” (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

 

Greece

 

The following four pictures show more or less efficient letter boxes on the island of Crete.

 

 

(Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Mailbox, Greek style, Rodopos Peninsula, Crete. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

This dilapidated door in the city of Rethymno, Crete, also functions as a letter box. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

 

India

 

 

Uttarakhand 2008
A tiny post-office-cum-radio-shop in the town of Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

This post office in the city of Jaipur, Rajasthan, has been established in a gorgeous old Maharaja-style building, but unfortunately it is disfigured by an ugly shed, which blocks part of the entrance. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Mailbox, placed on a hook among puppets, which are displayed for sale, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

This mailbox in Annamalai National Park, Tamil Nadu, has been tied with a string around a stilt root of a banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis). (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

 

Myanmar

 

 

Myanmar 2007
This mailbox in Bagan displays examples of the beautiful alphabet of Myanmar. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

 

New Zealand

 

 

Old-fashioned mailbox, Lake Tikitapu (‘Blue Lake’), North Island. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

The letter boxes below were all seen on the North Island.

 

 

A modern plastic letter box, and a homemade specimen, made from materials at hand, both near Trouson Kauri Park. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

At a farm near Kakatahi, letters are delivered in an old iron drum. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Various letter boxes, and a discarded micro-wave oven for parcels, Whatuwhiwhi, Doubtless Bay, Karikari Peninsula. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Two letter boxes, shaped like houses, Ohakune. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Letter box, placed on a bus stop shed, near Raetihi. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Very solid letter box, between Raetihi and Ore-Ore. (Photo Judy Chiang, copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Letter box, built as a wooden cabin, Kakatahi. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Lichen-covered letter box at Kai Iwi Beach. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Letter box, shaped as a car, New Plymouth. The side windows, which consist of rubber flaps, can be opened. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

The logo of Yeti Tours is repeated on this letter box in Ohakune. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

 

Sri Lanka

 

 

Sinhalese mail man, anno 1974, near Panadura. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

 

Sweden

 

 

Swedish uniformity: Letter boxes in an area of vacation homes, Öland. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Decorated letter boxes, Pataholm, south of Oscarshamn, Småland. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sverige 2016-18
Another painted letter box in the village of Ryd, Öland. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

 

Taiwan

 

Below is a selection of pictures, depicting letter boxes, of varying quality, from the city of Taichung.

 

 

 

 

Taiwan 2018a
Snoopy, sleeping on the roof of his house. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2018
Taiwan 2018c
These letter boxes have seen better days. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Ornate letter box with lamp and wire with light bulbs. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

MTaiwan_2018_041
This letter box is adorned with flowers, a butterfly, and a bee. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2017
This mailbox in the city of Tainan is divided into a green part for ordinary mail, red for prompt delivery. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2016
It seems that these commercial leaflets, which have been stuck into letter boxes in Taichung, are not of much interest to the residents. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

 

Turkey

 

 

Only a person possessing Herculean strength would be able to abduct this extremely solid mailbox in Istanbul! (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

 

United Arab Emirates

 

 

This old-fashioned mailbox contrasts sharply with a modern glass-and-concrete building in the city of Dubai. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

 

United States

 

 

Californien 2013a
A bewildering array of letter boxes in the Santa Rosa Mountains, California. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Odd-one-out. – Letter boxes near Lorane, Oregon. Maybe the owner of the slanting one has moved away? (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

 

Wales

 

 

This mailbox in the town of Bethesda, Gwynedd, is not easy to carry off, being built into a stone wall. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

(Uploaded January 2018)

 

(Latest update March 2020)