The Great Australian Farm Gate
Someone could do a PhD on the Australian Farm Gate and its associated mailboxes. They range from the practical and unimaginative to the whimsical and highly creative. Some are feats of engineering, and works of art. I don’t know what inspires this, but a small offering of the many I have passed is below.
Letter boxes need to hold the mail. They need to keep it dry. They need to stop the wind blowing the mail away. Some people are ever hopeful of large deliveries. Others seem to think nothing larger than a letter will come.
There are trends. The old favourite, the fridge, is unfashionable. Perhaps this is because too many children have been trapped and died. I saw only one. The traditional standby, the 4 gallon or 12 gallon drum is still abundant. Sadly, many folk opt for mail order letter boxes which are little bits of metal no different from the tinny stuff we use in the suburbs. But imagination still reigns. There is hope!
If you place your mouse over the slide, you can use the back and forwards buttons to over-ride the slide show.