You’ve got mail

3 Aug
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Carrer Hospital

How about a collection of letterboxes today? Do you ever pay much attention to what they’re like? Well I have these past days and selected the following images for you. Enjoy!

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Passatge Hospital

I love this one (above)- it is simple, yet its shape is rather beautiful and the lettering is clean-looking. I also like that the copper has oxidised and turned green here and there…

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Carrer del Carme

Two cast iron beauties, both on the same street (just a couple of streets down, from the Cute Suite) . Interesting, how the bottom one has been painted over. I wonder what metal it is made of? Unless I go and scratch off some paint, I’ll never know! (But that would be a little cheeky, don’t you think?)

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Carrer del Carme

The next one, from the same street, is very simple, and obviously, a later addition to the existing original door.  The fancy handle plays a much more important role here, as it also does in the next image, from Carrer Cera.

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Carrer del Carme

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Carrer Cera

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Carrer Cera

Two identical letterboxes on very different doors. This particular style can be seen a lot, here in Barcelona, so I imagine it must have been a very popular model back in its day…

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Carrer Cera

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Carrer Riera Baixa

Simple openings are not a bad solution (above and directly below), and for a slighty fancier version, just add a ‘hood’ as can be seen on the door from Carrer Pintor Fortuny (just around the corner from the Cute Suite).

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Carrer Sant Antoni Abat

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Carrer Pintor Fortuny

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Carrer Princep de Viana

Modern doors with modern letterboxes – check out the lovely floor tiles on the one above, and the one here below is for exclusive use of the postman! I guess the inhabitants don’t want to receive publicity?

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Carrer Riera Baixa

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Carrer Pintor Fortuny

Two very plain, but rather lovely (less is more, right?) letterboxes. The one above is set very low in the door – it seems a little strange, doesn’t it? I wonder if there was a particular reason for its placement?

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Carrer del Carme

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Carrer Cera

The same model as further above, but in a well polished version. I love the combination of the spy hole (the largest I’ve ever seen), the door knocker (dainty and small) and the shiny letterbox, all on a super plain door.

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Carrer Cera

Some buildings have multiple letterboxes on their door, or just beside it. Here (above and below) two examples.

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Carrer Riera Alta

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Carrer Princep de Viana

Letterboxes can also be found on blinds. Some owners spend some money and have a ‘proper’ letterbox made, others (avid DIY fans no doubt, ehem!) just use a saw to make a hole and specify what the opening is for. Cute eh?

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Carrer Princep de Viana

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Carrer Princep de Viana

It’s kind of funny we should call letterboxes ‘boxes’ when they are usually a slot in a door or wall (or blind, as we have seen) and not exactly a box (as seen from the outside, at least). But I have found a couple of actual letterBOXES for you to wrap up this post.  Did you like the selection? Are there different kinds of letterboxes where you live? I’d love to hear all about them, so feel free to leave a comment, below.

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Rambla del Raval

Have a great Wednesday! Hope to ‘see’ you here tomorrow!

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Carrer Riera Alta

2 Responses to “You’ve got mail”

  1. rtyecript August 22, 2011 at 4:39 am #

    I really liked the article, and the very cool blog

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