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 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 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

Comment by Ruud Janssen on October 28, 2009 at 10:02am
Believe it or not, my Post Office Box moved today. From The Main Postal Office (which is being closed) to another location (actually in a bookshop also located in the center. Tomorrow I will do my first visit there....
Comment by Samuel Montalvetti on July 14, 2009 at 1:56pm

Una casita de cartas de Nadia en un Sobre Collage


Comment by Tulio Restrepo on July 13, 2009 at 7:16am
Dear Ruud Jansen & All the Owners P.O. Box friends...
I´ts a picture about general place of the main office located in a downtown in Medellín... the place where I lived and working as Mail Artist since 1982...

Very Welcome to all...
Sincerely yours
Tulio Restrepo


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