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Household Mailboxes

Letter slot

Description:

Letter slots allow discrete access to a building’s interior. A metal plate, such as this, was affixed over an opening on an exterior door or wall. The opening makes a tight fit for today’s business-sized envelopes. With one hand, a letter carrier pushed mail through the hinged flap marked “Letters.” Letters that were dropped through simply fell on the floor or were caught in a basket attached indoors.

Date:
late 19th century
Markings:
On flap “LETTERS”
Medium:
metal
Dimensions:
Height x Width x Depth: 2 5/16 × 5 13/16 × 7/16 in. (5.87 × 14.76 × 1.11 cm)
Museum ID:
1978.2247.14
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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