Orr & Painter maibox
In 1889 Boston, Massachusetts, had over eight hundred street collection boxes. This Orr and Painter box is one example. The boxes were color-coded and were either red or green. Residents considered the red boxes more convenient because mail was picked-up every hour, but the green boxes only had collections four to five times a day and twice on Sundays.
The Post Office Department used Orr and Painter boxes during the late 1870s and into the 1880s. Orr and Painter formed a business partnership in the 1880s, and their business operated continuously until 1935. The Orr and Painter "American-style roadside posting box" was exported to Australia, where the boxes were installed in New South Wales in 1875.
Vanishing Americana: Lamp Post Letter Boxes. By James H. Bruns and Michael J. Lilly. Unpublished paper.