Tuesday, September 30, 2008

You've Got Mail....



and a lot of it!   Did they have "junk mail" back then? Well at Reed Books/Museum of Fond Memories,  you can still find these grand old mailboxes that came from Jim's family.  Allow me to reminisce.  I am having a fond memory (pun intended) of my freshman year at Auburn.  We collected our mail at Cater Hall from mailboxes very much like these.  Darnell was the friendliest mailman a co-ed could ask for.  Letters from my momma were far sweeter than any email you could ever receive these days.

For the Tune du Jour, you have two choices: "Please Mr. Postman" by the Marvelettes or a jazzy version of "You've Got Mail" by Fattburger.  " Mr. Postman" goes out to my friend
Jay Gilbert,  who is my "go to guy"   when I  need the name of a song or an artist from the past.  He's amazing!

28 comments:

Wayne said...

That jazz version sounds pretty good even on my laptop. It's a little too Kenny G for me but not bad.

That comment should put me in a few bad books.

Moving right along. Is that a combination lock on the door V? Sounds like a colossally dumb question but I'm wondering how they could keep track of the combinations.

Now the Marvelettes are on which should give some idea of how long it takes me to compose a comment.

Olivier said...

très bon choix musical. Malheureusement on reçoit maintenant plus de publicité dans nos boites aux lettres électroniques que dans nos boites aux lettres classiques. Mais je préférais toujours recevoir une vraie lettre.
very good choice of music. Unfortunately it now receives more publicity in our mailboxes in our traditional letter-box. But I always preferred to receive a real letter.

Bibi said...

Gosh, I love to get mail, but honestly, these days it's usually junk or a bill. At least it would help if I had a pretty mailbox like this.

I love your music, and maybe I'll get around to adding some on my blog, if and when I figure out how!

Good choice today--I chose "Mr. Postman."

Blognote said...

You are so right, Virginia!!
We used to manage equally well when we just had these beautiful mail boxes.

Hilda said...

Oh my goodness, I adore these metal mailboxes! I'd love to have some at home!

emiliane said...

Curieuses vos boîtes à lettres, presque des coffres-forts ..
Comme ici, elles regorgent de publicité .. super pour le choix de la musique, très année 60..
A bientôt ..

babooshka said...

I must admit I have embraced email, use to too freqently, but still get excited( a bit like a mad dog) when the post comes. You can't email " the black country bugle" magazine, it's got to be the post. Friendly mailman, no such thing!

Marie Reed said...

These are just lovely! Our mailman can't fit our mail into the box... he just knocks:)

alice said...

"True" letters and postcards are becoming precious! It's always interesting to see mailboxes in the other countries. It has been one of our CDPB Theme several months ago.

tut-tut said...

Oh my: does that bring back a flood off memories for me as well: going to the old PO in college, we had very similar boxes that had a little locker-like dial too. What a treat to find a letter in there, especially during the first part of freshman year, when I was so homesick . . .

Knoxville Girl said...

Oh I remember my little post box from college - it was old like these, in a 19th century building. I like this shot, very up close & personal.

Eki Akhwan said...

I like the sturdy look of these post office boxes. They look classic too. A nice reminder of the good ol days.

Virginia said...

Wayne,
If it takes you that long to compose a comment, think how long it takes me to come up with a song every day!HA That's why I lean on Jay. I get a tune in my head and can't conjure up the title or the artist. Jay knows em without even blinking.

I think the postal worker put the mail in from the back
so no combination was needed. THese came from Jim Reed's granddad's store if I recall correctly. Of course Jim has found them a dandy holder for all the "stuff"!

Lori Skoog said...

Virginia...Great photo. I see that you changed your music system. Very nice!
Lori

Halcyon said...

I like e-mail, but there is something wonderful about getting a real, hand-written letter. Which reminds me, I should write one up to my Gran!

Tanya said...

I love these old mailboxes and that is such a sweet post about letters from your momma :)
I still get excited for the mail to come although I have no idea why, it's always bills. I guess I'm waiting for that big check from Ed McMahon ;)

Rambling Round said...

Ah, the memories...if I could just remember how I got mail at AU!
I don't even remember where we got mail at Auburn, although my dorm was in the quad right by Cater Hall! I do remember that my Momma wrote me every week, though.

Webradio said...

Bonsoir Virginia !
marrant ce post...

D.C. Confidential said...

Very cool picture! I could do without all the junk mail and would welcome a postcard or two. Oh, and bills. I could do without bills, too.

ft. lauderdale daily photo said...

Letters from home. Letters from friends. I cannot recall the last one I received, although my computer is jammed with email. Nice photo.

Laurie said...

Okay, lady. This one is part of the great Laurie/Virginia picture trade!

I love love love love this.

(I'm going to hang out a minute and let my daughter finish dancing to the jazz playing...)

Coltrane_lives said...

I do love the old boxes too. When you mentioned collecting your mail in college, for a moment it took me back to my days collecting mine in Denton, TX (Yes, I'm one of the Mean Green Eagle alums...don't talk to me about football though! LOL) BTW, Virginia, I forgot to congratulate you on you 100th post. So, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! As to the music, I dig it all.

Virginia said...

Coltrane,
High compliment pour vous!

I am thrilled this photo has evoked so many wonderful memories of letters and postcards received. Sadly I fear they have gone by the wayside. Thanks Jim Reed for another Fond Memory from your shop!

Leedra said...

I love these old boxes. Sometimes I see them in antique stores. Although who can afford gas to go antiquing right now? Great photograph of them, looks like it belongs in a magazine.

Dusty Lens said...

Cool mailboxes! A far cry from the plastic stuff I'm stuck with today.

Peter said...

When did you (or I) receive a real, hand written, letter last time?

Virginia said...

Peter,
Actually folks around here are very, very good about sending thank you notes, so I do get those from time to time. I have an email friend in Brooklyn that is great about dropping me postcards now and then as well. OTher than those, I am afraid not a real letter in a long, long time. Sad really!

Kris said...

I’ve always imagined that these kind of boxes held a lot of deep and dark secrets, rather than junk mail!