Mailbox: Letters Wanted

Mailbox: Letters Wanted by Rudy Girón

Today is celebrating its fifth anniversary. Also, the CityDailyPhoto community around the world is having the monthly theme day which is Mailbox. So I thought it would be a good idea to participate in the theme day and at the same time request a post card or letter mailed from your home town.

Feed me, the letter slot says!

TragaletrasThis is a follow up experiment to the Postscript test we ran back in 2007, when we wanted to test how efficient was the regular Guatemalan Postal Service. To our surprise we receive several dozen post cards and letter from many cities around the world. The first post cards arrive within 10 days and the last one we received was about six months later.

We were delighted by the kind words and to see postal stamps from many cities and countries. So, if you appreciate the work we do at AntiguaDailyPhoto and want to show it or simply participate in testing the snail mail system, please, send a post card or letter from wherever you find yourself now to the address below:


For the fifth anniversary (1,827 consecutive days) I am happy to report that the AntiguaDailyPhoto concept has expanded to Quetzaltenago, the city in the highlands (Los Altos we call it), with its XelaDailyPhoto and to Guatemala City and the rest of the country with GuatemalaDailyPhoto. To me there is no greater satisfaction than to be able to help others, to lend a hand and to provide all the support necessary to my fellow daily photo colleagues. Of course, none of it would be possible without the support from my wife, family and friends. A big THANK YOU for all their and your support!

Previous anniversaries Aside: Below, I share with you the music of Ishto Jueves, a Guatemalan musician I got the chance to meet and hear recently. Further down, summaries of my thoughts and feelings from the previous anniversaries. Enjoy!

On the first anniversary of AntiguaDailyPhoto I shared my goals with you:

My idea was to show the good, the bad and the ugly of this colonial town. I did not want to make a touristic site for the most popular touristic destination in Central America. La Antigua Guatemala is photogenic, so my goal has been a bit difficult. But I have tried to show other aspects of life which I did not see cover in other sites. Also, I wanted to ‘own’ a venue for practicing my inadequate written English and amateur photographic skills. Three hundred and seventy-six posts later I have improved neither; it’s so pathetic. On the other hand, I have gained a great deal of knowledge about this town and many good friends (even if they don’t see eye-to-eye on the issues we talked about here). What can I say, they’re are all wrong!

On the second anniversary of AntiguaDailyPhoto I reflected upon the concept of milestones:

Every time humans arrive at a milestone, we tend to review what we have traveled thus far. Two years of consecutive blogging is not much or even important in the big scale of things. Nonetheless, it is a big achievement for me since I have never done anything like this before. I am very happy to have reached this time mark and to have helped others in the process. I thank all my regular visitors for your support, comments, feedback and donations.

On the third anniversary of AntiguaDailyPhoto, I came to the conclusion that I was too wordy and nobody cares for long entries anymore or so I thought.

On the third year, AntiguaDailyPhoto became polyphonic with new guest author contributions which enriched and enhanced the blogumentary. Each guest author brought wonderful new perspective, photography and style. I was honored to have been given their trust. Also, I was happy to have opened the doors of AntiguaDailyPhoto to guest contributors.

For the fourth anniversary I ask again the following questions:

what does AntiguaDailyPhoto mean to you? What kind of themes you care about? Do you prefer entries with lots of information or just the picture and a brief caption? Do you care for music, videos and maps that accompany the photos and information? Have you had enough food images? Should I leave out all the controversial and politics out? Should I focus more or less on the people, landscape, animals, idiosyncrasies of Guatemalans? What else should I be asking?

To see how others in the City Daily Photo community have interpreted today’s theme please click here to view thumbnails for all participants around the globe.

© 2011 – 2016, Rudy Giron. All rights reserved.

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  • Virginia

    Congratulations on this wonderful anniversary. You are to be commended for hanging in there for 5 years!

    Love this very classy letter slot. Perfect for the Theme Day (which I forgot!)

    • @Virginia, we still on the May 1st, you can still participate in the theme day. Thanks for your comment and support.

  • EMRomEsco

    Cinco… mentarios como dice mi querida madre. What’s up with the “Istho Jueves” tag?
    In any case… See you in July. (you heard it here first 😉 )

    • @EMRomEsco, did you hear the Ishto Jueves music at the end of the post?

      • Emromesco

        Capa 7 error: No puedo actualizar el flash para ver el contenido… 🙁

  • Julie

    Congratulations on five years of posts. that is remarkable. and your photo today for theme day is great! as well as your dialogue

    • @Julie, thanks for you visit and feedback. Saludos desde el país de la eterna primavera.

  • Congratulations, and happy anniversary! Five years is quite an achievement.

    • @Petrea, thanks for the visit and encouragement.

  • Halcyon

    I really like your mailbox. It’s simple, but very nice!

    • @Halcyon, it works fine. Often times simple is enough.

  • Kim

    Happy, happy 5th Blogoversary, Rudy! Your shots have been inspirational and I have enjoyed visiting La Antigua via your and your contributor’s lenses. I hope your letter box is stuffed with kind regards from friends all over the globe. SDP salutes you today, too. Hope you enjoy this milestone!

    • @Kim, how’s Seattle, I want to take a trip to Washington state again. I’ll call you if I make it all the way up there. Thanks for the visit, feedback and support all these years. I will be waiting for your post card. 😉

  • Federico Rosales Arzú

    is a great achievement 5 years of constant, continued work…CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 5 YEARS ANNIVERSARY…AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL PICTURES!!!!!!

    • @Federico, muchas gracias por las palabras amables. Haremos lo imposible para seguir en la ruta trazada.

  • Oakland Daily Photo

    Someone keeps this mailbox well polished. More inviting to the letters no doubt. Congratulations on your 5th anniversary. That’s a lot of hard work. BTW, my postcard will be mailed this week.

    • @ODP, thanks for the visit and the post card. I will let you know when it arrives.

  • This is part of what ADP is all about: sharing! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Thank you very much Rudy!!! Being part of this adventure, although very recent in my case, is simply one of the best journeys ever!!! Cheeeeeeeers!!!

    • @Arturo, gracias por tus colaboraciones y por tu amistad, la cual es una de las cosas más valiosas que me ha traído ADP.

  • Erick!

    Rudy, congratulation on your 5th anniversary. Your pictures and blog entries make my 30 minutes of lunch much more enjoyable. Keep up the awesome work and thanks for the hard work.

    • @Erick, thank you for your kind words, think of AntiguaDailyPhoto as postre. That’s sweet! 😉

  • Eric

    I’m a little late to the party, but…felicitaciones! The post card is going out today, el 6 de mayo. Congratulations. I think we will have a moment to share a Moza or two very soon.