1939 US Mail/Letter Box Cast Iron Carlisle Foundry
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AAntiquesWH Store 1939 US Mail/Letter Box ~ Cast Iron ~ Carlisle Foundry Description Offered for auction is an original Cast Iron US Mail/Letter Box made by the Carlisle Foundry Co., Carlisle, PA. In great original condition with no rust, cracks, damage or repairs. Post or wall mount, 20" tall, 13" wide and 8" deep. At top is a hinged door for depositing the mail and at the bottom is a hinged door for mail removal. Both doors open smoothly, no lock on the lower door. This lower door has a panel attached for displaying collection times. On the back is a grooved slot for mounting, a piece often missing or not installed originally on these early mail boxes. Red and blue paint with raised lettering painted white. The paint is pretty good but with loss and flaking. On both sides are the maker's name. Underbase is the date of manufacture; 1939. The design was conceived by Postmaster David C. Owens in the early 1900's. The original boxes Owens designed were made of cast iron and were produced until the 1940's. Originally finished in brown, then in 1963 when zip codes were introduced the letterboxes were repainted red, white and blue. A rare find, the early cast iron mail boxes are very difficut to find in such great condition. Great item for the serious collctor. Pictures show good detail, modest reserve. PLEASE NOTE: This early mail box is VERY heavy, it weighs in at about 50 pounds. Shipping might be an issue depending on the winning bidder's location, local bidders have the option of picking it up.