A Vintage Lilac Mailbox

An old mailbox in Taichung
An unusual lilac mailbox in the old streets of West Taichung.

Last week I went out wandering in West Taichung 台中市西區, ostensibly to check out Zhōngxìng First Alley 中興一巷 (formally—and awkwardly—known as Fantasy Story 范特喜微創文化), an artsy district built into a row of old homes, when I noticed this unusual mailbox somewhere along Xiàngshàng North Road 向上北路. The fact that “letters” is written in English is no great surprise—see, for instance, this old letter slot in Taipei 台北—but never before have I seen one in this distinct and alluring shade of lilac.