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Owens-style lamppost mailbox

Description:

Postmaster David C. Owens, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, patented the Owens-style or 'drop bottom' style mailbox in 1911. The hinged bottom of these boxes made it faster and easier for mail carriers to remove pieces of mail. A.O. Smith Company of Milwaukee initially manufactured the boxes.

Date:
1911
Markings:
US Mailboxes
Medium:
metal; paint (olive green)
Dimensions:
32 x 16 x 10 in (81.3 x 40.6 x 25.4cm)
Museum ID:
1992.2002.908
Place:
Wisconsin

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