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Owens-style mailbox

Description:

Postmaster for Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from 1906-1914, David C. Owens designed this style of mailbox as an alternative to the Van Dorn box, which was considered unsightly by many urban patrons, who found the boxes out of harmony with electric light posts.

This Owens mailbox was produced by the Danville Stove and Manufacturing Company of Danville, Pennsylvania. The company, established in 1882, produced cast iron boxes for the Post Office Department. Production ceased by the 1940s.

Markings:
literal: PULLDOWN / LETTERS /DANVILLE STOVE & MFG CO. /DANVILLE PA / U.S. / MAIL
Medium:
metal; paint (dark green)
Dimensions:
20 x 8.75 x 12 in (50.8 x 22.22 x 30.48 cm)
Museum ID:
1986.0759.1
Place:
Pennsylvania

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