Join me as I embrace and share American country style by reclaiming the past...my family's past. Come along as I make my house a home on a $0 budget with reclaimed, repurposed, recycled and found treasures all out of my grandparent's old house, local junk shops and my parent's attic. And since we have to eat too, I'll sprinkle in some gardening, country recipes, and a whole lot of southern hospitality.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Old mailboxes and a copycat...

Hi everyone!

Let me say how much I have been looking forward to linking up to Debbiedoo's copycat challenge. I have never had anything to share, but finally found just the right thing.

You all know how everything I've been doing lately revolves around the history of my family, and this is no exception. My grandfather was the postmaster here at the Balsam Post Office for many years. I was elated when I saw a photo on Pinterest with old mailboxes, because I remembered seeing some here. Below is my photo...


This is the inspiration photo from Pinterest. I thought it was funny how both sets of boxes have spider webs on the right side.

(Photo from Pinterest)

Here is a view of Balsam in the 1920s or 30s from the porch of the Balsam Mountain Inn that includes my grandfather's store behind the train. The post office was at that time in the two-story building below. The post office was moved several times as at least one building burned down, and actually operated out of Knight's Store during transition. 

(Photo from the Balsam Mountain Inn)

I enjoyed this challenge so much, and was so happy to find something I could attempt to copy.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Anita

I'll be linking up with:
 Debbie
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21 comments:

  1. This is wonderful!! It reminds me of our post office when I was a kid--the boxes were very similar! I love Balsam Mountain too!!

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  2. Love it! What a cool piece of history you have Anita!

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  3. Beautiful job Anita! How perfect. I think those are super cool. Thanks for sharing!~

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  4. These are beautiful photos, I enjoyed your photo more, tho. Your mailboxes are really interesting with the large dials and intricate framework at top. How wonderful that you have that old photo and such a connection to your community.

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  5. Wonderful Anita! You have the most unique heirlooms. Just beautiful!

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  6. That is such a cool mailbox. I like yours better too. I love the colors and the metals. Very well done!
    XO cindy

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  7. What a great piece! I love the symbolism involved with your grandfather being the postmaster.

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  8. Wow, this is one super cool copy cat challenge! I love it. I especially love the history behind it and its connection to your grandfather.

    I am linking from Debbiedoos.
    xo,
    Ricki Jill

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  9. Great copy Anita! I love reading the stories that come with your wonderful posts!

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  10. Great mailboxes. I remember those, but I don't remember Balsam, NC. Love the old photo of your grandfather's store. I'm off to see where Balsam is...exactly and all about it...online, of course. Have a great week,
    Babs

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  11. Your mailbox is great! I love your copycat!
    Debbie

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  12. What a great piece! Love your copycat!!!

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  13. Oh my goodness Anita! Your photo is gorgeous (way more beautiful than the original in my opinion!) and what a treasure to have. So neat to have those pieces of history! :-)
    Vanessa

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  14. So lovely! You are so lucky to have these reminders!

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  15. Oh my...love it! How wonderful to have this Anita. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  16. Anita, of course, yours I prefer. What special treasures and your heritage, I could read about it daily.....maybe when you have free time, LOL, that would be a great book.....just a good thought. Thank you and my friendship. :)

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  17. Wow its so beautiful, and what a great connection to your family history.

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  18. Oh my goodness, what a wonderful treasure! I love this. I can almost picture myself at the little post office in my home town of Ashley Falls waiting while my mom chats with Christine the postmistress.

    Ah memories.
    And a great copycat!

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  19. Your mailboxes are so fabulous....love the old photo too! Great copycat :o)
    Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!
    ~Des

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