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P.O.Box owners

A post office box (often abbreviated P.O. Box or PO Box) is a uniquely-addressable lockable box located on the premises of a post office station. Why do you have one? What do you do with it. What is the advantage? How does yours look like?

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In many countries, particularly in Africa, and the Middle East there is no 'door to door' delivery of mail. For example, should one post mail to a street address in Namibia, it will be returned to sender as undeliverable.[1] Consequently renting a PO box has traditionally been the only way to receive mail in such countries, although some, like Jordan, are now introducing home delivery.[2]

Generally, post office boxes are rented from the post office either by individuals or by businesses on a basis ranging from monthly to annual, and the cost of rent varies depending on the box size. Central business district or CBD PO boxes are usually more expensive than a rural PO box.

PO Boxes in the United States can now also be rented and renewed online at http://www.usps.com/poboxes. There is an online PO Box locator that allows users to find available PO Boxes in their local Post Office.

In the US, the rental rate used to be uniform across the country. Now, however, a postal facility can be in any of seven fee groups by location; in addition, certain customers qualify for free box rental.

In the United Kingdom, Royal Mail PO boxes are often little more than pigeon holes in the secure section of a Sorting Office, and are only accessible by staff. In such cases, the renter of the PO box will be issued with a card on which is written the PO box number and post office name, and must produce this to the desk staff when collecting mail. For an additional fee, the Royal Mail will deliver received items to the renter's geographical address.

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Comment by Ruud Janssen on May 29, 2010 at 6:48pm
Just received the bill. The P.O. Box itself costs 151 Euro's for a year. It used to be free years ago..........
Comment by King Shane on February 19, 2010 at 9:09pm
I got a PO Box not long before I started participating in mail art, the purpose being to prevent an internet full of intelligent, bold, insane to various degrees from finding out where I live and making my life hell. Since then, I renewed my yearly use of it, and since I had renewed it, I figured, hey, I might as well use it for mail art too. Since then, I've just been renewing it, and likely will every year, just because I'm afraid that people might send mail art there, and it will just be thrown out if I don't pay that yearly fee!

As for the appearance, it's just like every other PO Box I've ever seen in the Continental US. They've all looked the same, sort of like a card catalogue like they once had in libraries, only with numbers instead of letters, and keyholes instead of handles.
Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on February 18, 2010 at 6:47pm
howdy, Brad...
they can reach through their P.O.box and turn their hand to grab the things in the neighboring boxes? OMG! Maybe the US Post haas to make longer, deeper boxes?
Anyway...still with 1,300 population:
"...ya got more life in Deadwood city,
than in all of Illinois! " :-)
Comment by Bradford on February 18, 2010 at 4:22pm
For years, it has been my practice to have virtually all of my mail delivered to a P.O. Box. I think it's more secure than my old, leaky mailbox at home. In fact, I like P.O. Boxes so much that I have TWO! The large one is for Mail Art and larger items whilst the tiny one is for bills and such.

Recently, they back-painted the little windows that have the box # on them. Now, instead of looking through the window to see if you have mail, you have to open it to discover the contents, or lack thereof. The postmaster explained that this is more secure because people can't put their hand through their box to grab mail out of an adjacent one and this is in a small town of not much more than 1300 folks!
Comment by Samuel Montalvetti on December 28, 2009 at 3:36pm
Buzoncito 2010

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on December 6, 2009 at 6:05pm

Student-made mailbox just waiting for more mail art!
At Aristotle University of Thesaloniki Tower.
Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on November 10, 2009 at 9:00am

Mail boxes in a row at the staircase of my apartment building.
Most are not too happy as you can see. Whereas my little box
is always glad to get your mail art. Many thanks!
Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on October 30, 2009 at 5:34pm

..and a poor box (or two or three) in Thess. :-)
Comment by Ruud Janssen on October 30, 2009 at 4:58pm


a luxury box in Athens, Greece....
Comment by Samuel Montalvetti on October 28, 2009 at 8:55pm

 

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