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December 2023 Photo Contest

Focus on Texas: Mailboxes

Old-school posting meant delivering cards and letters (and bills) via creatively adorned receptacles

Readers certainly didn’t mail it in this month, but some got boxed out by the competition. So gather ’round and let’s see what’s been delivered, as Texans show their colors and a little country flair.

Rob Daniel, Tri-County EC: “First responders often use mailboxes to hang gear on while in rehab after fighting fires.”

Vandy Morgan, Bluebonnet EC: Texas wildflower mailbox.

Janis Hendrix, Pedernales EC: A mailbox mounted on a retired 1942 fire hydrant during the February freeze.

Shirley Moseley, United Cooperative Services: “My husband built this mailbox for our grandson, who is a musician.”

Melinda Habingreither, Pedernales EC: “This handsome guy is a welcome sight at the coast each morning.”

Sally Jozwiak, Bluebonnet EC: A seashell mailbox spotted in Rockport.

Beth Hancock, Sam Houston EC: “Our granddaughters love to go get the mail when they stay with us. The oldest always checks out the recipes in Texas Co-op Power hoping for an easy recipe that we can make together.”

Linda Green, Farmers EC: “Plumber’s delight.”

Justin Buckalew, PenTex Energy: “Our neighbor created this figure from rusty junk. We call it the spurious cowboy.”

Deborah Williams, Bartlett EC: “Old rusty mailbox in Westphalia.”

Theresa McKee, Fannin EC: “Tiny Rochelle post office with one mailbox sitting all alone.”

Dennie Bollinger, Bryan Texas Utilities: “Special delivery.”

Robert Schmidt, San Patricio EC: “Grandson Jude Polasek and son-in-law Andy Polasek repaired my mailbox that was damaged by a passing farm tractor.”

Beth Sherrard Brode, Pedernales EC: FedTex delivery.

Jennifer Standlee, Navarro County EC: “Old tires are always a problem to dispose of when they are just stacked up around the barn. Repurposing a few into a mailbox that makes the mail lady smile is a win-win.”

George Jasek, Fayette EC: “Bees swarm on a mailbox in Lavaca County—just another day in the life of a rural mail carrier.”

George Mussotter, Farmers EC: “A small version of our log home.”

Carly Latham, Heart of Texas EC: “This scene is not something you see every day, unless you live in rural Texas! Our family often watches as my husband and father move our cows past our mailbox and driveway.”

Kyle Perello, CoServ: Lake house mailbox.

Jerod Rankin, Tri-County EC: “Back when getting mail meant something.”

Leoria Moore, Pedernales EC: “On a trip up into the Guadalupe Mountains we found this wonderful line of happy mailboxes.”