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I do a lot of my correspondence electronically, but sometimes I still need to mail a letter. I know where the blue USPS mailboxes are in my neighborhood, but it’s getting harder to find pickup locations when I’m on the road

I do a lot of my correspondence electronically, but sometimes I still need to mail a letter. I know where the blue US Postal Service mailboxes are in my neighborhood, but it’s getting harder to find pickup locations when I’m on the road, since USPS has removed over half of its boxes in the past 20 years.

So I’m pleased that I’ve discovered MailboxMap. It’s a simple web site built around a Google Maps mashup. Just enter an address or zip code, and it will display a map showing the locations of mailboxes in the neighborhood. Click on a mailbox icon, and it will display pickup times.

MailboxMap also shows post offices and UPS locations, complete with hours. And there’s a mobile version, which has the advantage of displaying search results in a list, making it easier to skim for late pickups. It would be nice, though, if one could search for, say, pickups after 3:00 pm, or for Saturday pickups.

It’s not a perfect service; for example, it locates Seattle’s downtown post office on the wrong side of the street. Google Maps itself locates the same address correctly, so it’s unclear what the problem is. Nevertheless, MailboxMap is a useful service.

The site has been around for a couple of years, but it seems to be up to date, as it shows a recent pickup time change for my local box. It’s probably too much to hope that USPS will buy this site and add it to usps.com.

How often do you mail letters?

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  1. It’s years out of date for my town.
    It shows our “south” post office in a location that it hasn’t been in 5 years.

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    1. Charles Hamilton Wednesday, February 17, 2010

      That’s good to know. Thanks for the information!

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  2. Or you could use the USPS Services Locator (“Locate a Post Office” from usps.com): http://usps.whitepages.com/post_office

    You just have to select “Collection Boxes” to see where the blue boxes are.

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