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Photo Puzzle Number 3 : The Whole Object

I was delighted to see that a few of you were stumped by my Number 3 puzzle. Even my husband couldn't guess it when I showed it to him tonight. BNelson guessed it on tsu, but I'm glad she didn't give it away here until more of you had guessed. OldRoadsOnceTraveled had the most accurate guess here.

I took the photo.

I suppose it would be hard to guess if you live in a place where mail is still delivered the old fashioned way in individual mailboxes. I still have one of those in Templeton. But the new neighborhoods being built as tracts these days in Paso Robles and Templeton want to save the mailman the trouble of walking from house to house and so we have one of these every couple of blocks and the people have to go get their mail. It also solves the problem of mail theft, since each box has a lock.

How does your get delivered? Does it come to you or you to it?

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k2705 wrote on January 11, 2015, 3:00 AM

Our mail comes straight to our through our door unless it's a parcels Dan we not in then we have to collect it from the post office.

peachpurple wrote on January 11, 2015, 3:20 AM

wow, that mailbox sure is rusty. Our mailbox is fixed to the gate pillar

SoundNFury wrote on January 11, 2015, 4:03 AM

A-ha! A mailbox! I was thinking it was something having to do with electricity like one of those boxes or something from the electric company.

kat123456 wrote on January 11, 2015, 4:22 AM

I am glad you did a post for the reveal! Ours comes through the door via a letterbox

arthurchappell wrote on January 11, 2015, 5:05 AM

I didn't see the detail only image on this though seeing the full version I doubt if I would have worked this one out

maxeen wrote on January 11, 2015, 6:50 AM

That was a hard one ,I was nowhere near being right.

VinceSummers wrote on January 11, 2015, 7:53 AM

I've seen very few of these, and the ones I did see were in good repair. I'd hate to live in the apartment complex to which this belongs. I'm not much on apartments at all, truth be told.

VinceSummers wrote on January 11, 2015, 7:56 AM

While I have to admit I didn't know what the object was, it is metal cancer under a coat of paint. But maybe it's not considered metal cancer unless it's part of an automobile because there's something inherently different about it? I'm not certain.

BeadDoodler wrote on January 11, 2015, 9:15 AM

Thanks for the reveal. I still get my mail in a rural mailbox at the side of the road. Not much security there. Having mail go missing isn't the problem we face, vandals playing mailbox baseball is our biggest worry.

karen5416 wrote on January 11, 2015, 10:12 AM

My mail comes straight through the letter box in my door, I never knew these existed

AngelSharum wrote on January 11, 2015, 11:57 AM

My husband said he was still right. It was a lock on a metal door. He said it's just a small

melody23 wrote on January 11, 2015, 2:34 PM

We get our mail through the front door if it fits through the letterbox, if not they ring the bell and wake you up to give you it, same if it needs a signature. If its a parcel company rather than royal mail you just never know where it will end up, I had a parcel sitting in the dentists office for a week once because the guy couldn't be bothered to climb my stairs. it was only when I reported it missing to the company that I was told it was in the dentists office!

Gina145 wrote on January 11, 2015, 6:26 PM

Our mail comes to us and I've never seen a mailbox like that. Ours doesn't have a lock on either, though we can use a padlock if we choose to. Not that we get much mail because we have so many postal strikes here.

BarbRad wrote on January 11, 2015, 8:30 PM

It used to be that way in places where I've lived before.

BarbRad wrote on January 11, 2015, 8:32 PM

I'm surprised at how rusty it is. My own mailbox and those around it are not as rusty as this one, but maybe that part of the tract is older.

BarbRad wrote on January 11, 2015, 8:36 PM

I think they are similar.

BarbRad wrote on January 11, 2015, 8:37 PM

I think many people still get their mail that way. In Templeton we have an old fashioned mailbox at the highway because it's rural.

BarbRad wrote on January 11, 2015, 8:39 PM

The detail image was in the left top corner so you could compare.

BarbRad wrote on January 11, 2015, 8:39 PM

Get even. Post one I can't guess.

BarbRad wrote on January 11, 2015, 8:40 PM

It isn't in an apartment complex. It's in a tract of single family homes.

BarbRad wrote on January 11, 2015, 8:43 PM

That's how I get my mail at home, but we are on a busy highway that is well patrolled by the CHP.

BarbRad wrote on January 11, 2015, 8:46 PM

Let's not even talk about private parcel companies. I have no trouble with UPS, but have horror stories for some of the others.

BarbRad wrote on January 11, 2015, 8:48 PM

It's relatively new delivery system in new housing tracts being built in the past 25 years or so. Mail delivery people get more delivered in less time and less mail is stolen.

BarbRad wrote on January 11, 2015, 8:51 PM

I was wondering if these boxes were used in other countries.

VinceSummers wrote on January 11, 2015, 8:59 PM

Interesting. It sounds like they're building housing that isn't and is like apartment housing. I live in an area of individual homes. We each have our own mailbox. I prefer not to live in a high occupancy area. We have visited Northern Virginia and other metropolitan areas, and I am always so much more relaxed when we are back in the rurals.

BNelson wrote on January 11, 2015, 11:24 PM

We have green mail boxes and each person has a lock on theirs, and yours is way more rusty too! That was fun.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 13, 2015, 10:45 PM

My mailbox is at the end of my (long) driveway with the boxes for the two houses I share the driveway with. A round trip from my front door is 0.4 miles.

I live in the house my parents built when I was 10, and the area was still fairly rural at that time, a fact illustrated by the fact that I am still served by an New Deal era Electric Membership Corporation instead of Georgia Power (and the fact that my mother referred to it as REMC long after they dropped the "Rural" from their name). Now the area is quite suburban. Not long ago a class action lawsuit against the EMC resulted in a repayment of overcharges for many years past, and I had the hardest time trying to bring up the information to file a claim on my father's account. Even though it's the same house, I was searching under the wrong address. It was (Rural) Route 1 at the time. We didn't get a street number until I was a teenager.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 13, 2015, 10:48 PM

Security is a concern for me, too. I can't see my mailbox from my house.

BarbRad wrote on January 13, 2015, 11:57 PM

I suppose we will give him the benefit of the doubt. Especially since being right is the only prize.

BarbRad wrote on January 13, 2015, 11:57 PM

I'm glad you enjoyed it.

BarbRad wrote on January 14, 2015, 12:00 AM

Sounds like you are in touch with your roots. I have never been in one home for more than 15 years until I moved here.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 14, 2015, 10:26 PM

I lived in the house immediately in front of me from age 1 through 10, when my dad sold it and built this one. My brothers moved all over the country as Air Force brats.

BarbRad wrote on January 14, 2015, 11:45 PM

These tracts are just like the tracts I lived in earlier in my life that had individual mailboxes in front or in the doors. But the postal service decided it was a better used of time to put these kind of mailboxes every block or two fo that mail people would no longer have to walk neighborhoods, but could drive from box group to box group and deposit the mail more efficiently. There is one box for dropping mail to mail out in the box, as well. Thsi replaced the old collection boxes on the street corners and helps prevent both mail theft and vandalism.