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Here isa great original cast iron USPS mailbox
These boxes used to be mounted to buildings and posts and street corners all over town. Referred to as a "Drop Off" Mail Box. Very popular back in the day. The only date I can find on the box is a Patent date of April 1909 on the back bracket shown in the last picture. No date on the bottom or inside. These mailboxes were of two designs - one which had a large hingled opening on the side (like this one) and one with the opening on the front. I like the side opening better, makes for a cleaner look from the front. Most people remember these from the 1940's and 1950's, although the original design came out in the 1920's. They were used as late as the late 1960's and became obsolete in the early 1970's.
This mailbox was sandblasted inside and out then painted in original blue and red colors with white hand paintedletters. Replacement super high quality stickers applied -to the original 1950's USPS logo. For this model there was never a bracket over "Letters", so no parts missing, no cracks, no welding, no holes. Nice "pick up times" sticker under front bracket. You cancustomize with your location if you want. The side USPS logo really makes this box stand out. No other box on has this.
Both the "PULL DOWN" slot and side large package panel open with ease - no issues. The Pull Down slot is spring loaded to close after mail is placed within. Lock can be added to the side door hasp. One picture showing side door open with mail inside.
Many of these mailboxeson are loaded with paint (like 7-layers). The post office would come around and paint them often. The original color scheme wasred/blue. Later paint scheme were all has been stripped and repainted. Although cast iron when sand blasted will have some pit marks showing - it's the nature of cast iron, not as smooth as a stamped sheet metal car fender. One of these was recently reconditioned on History channels American Restoration with Rick Dale. I believe Rick charged the fellow $650 just for the restoration alone.
This mailbox is being sold with
Overall Size = 20" Tall x 13" Wide x 10" Deep, a nice size inside or outside the home. These were designed for outdoor use but would look great indoors or out.
I have a metal post for sale separately, see sellers other sales
SHIPPING : $45 Flat Postage (I expect postage to be $65-75, offering to pick up part of the postage to reduce buyer's costs).This is parcel post which may or may not arrive before Christmas.
PRIORITY MAIL CHOICE / OPTION WILL BE LISTED AT $75 AND GUARANTEED BEFORE CHRISTMAS IF YOU PAYPAL THE NIGHT THE sale ENDS AND PAYMENT IS CLEARED FOR MONDAY DEC. 19th SHIPMENT.
LOCAL PICKUP : Free at 48442 Holly Michigan zip code
DELIVERY : Will be driving one day between sale end and Christmas and could meet you at a gas station along my route. Would require minimum paypal deposit. Possible towns/routes are Michigan (I-94to Indiana Border), Indiana (I-65 to Indianapolis, I-70 west of Indy, I-80 west near Chicago), Illinois (I-94/I-80 west from Chicago to Iowa border or I-55 South Joliet to Springfield then St. Louis), Iowa (I-80 to Des Moines, I-35 to Missouri), Missouri (I-70 from St. Louis to Kansas City, I-35 from Iowa to KC). These are potential options, but you would need to be available to meet me along my route at the time/day I would be traveling through. This is only an option to save buyer shipping costs if you happen to live along one of the routes.
Overall Size is 20" Tall X 13" Wide x 10" Deep, Weight around 40-50# (estimate)
Can legally be used for your home mailbox according to the United States Post Office
MADE IN USA
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