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Mailbox (Post & Mount) MCM

Postby WW_Owner » Thu Dec 29, 2005 10:44 am

Does anyone know where I can get an MCM style mailbox (Post & Mount) either locally (San Fernando Valley, CA) or online?

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Not very MCM, but interesting modern ones...

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Postby johnnyapollo » Thu Dec 29, 2005 7:35 pm

If you build it, mail will come...

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Postby SDR » Fri Dec 30, 2005 3:41 pm

According to what I found online, Target has three wall-mount slant-top mailboxes that look nice. . .

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Postby badcarburetor » Tue May 31, 2011 2:12 pm

I apologize for not posting the actual pics, but it's just not working for me. I searched the site and this seems like the best thread to use.


Can anyone tell me where to find a mailbox that looks like this?
http://l.yimg.com/www.flickr.com/images/spaceball.gif
I want to mount it like this:
http://l.yimg.com/www.flickr.com/images/spaceball.gif


I've Googled myself silly and just can't find anything like these.

If there is no place making repros of these, I'd be happy to know the name of the style to help me in my keyword search.

Thanks in advance!

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Postby badcarburetor » Tue May 31, 2011 2:36 pm

D'oh! I'm sorry. I'm a sped. I already edited the above post once and can't do it again.

Let me try this again.

Mailbox: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vintagemod ... 187627510/

Mounting: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vintagemod ... otostream/

Again, I apologize for my newbieness.

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Postby Planner Dude » Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:25 am

those are purty!

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Postby JimR_in_DC » Fri Jun 03, 2011 12:00 pm

Very nice. Anyone know who makes/made them or who sells/sold them?
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Postby badcarburetor » Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:34 am

I'd love to find these, but I'm afraid they're real deal vintage and not repros so my chances of finding one is minuscule. I'd be happy with just some info on them or suggestions on where to find something similar. I want a mailbox with a real warm MCM feel and all that I'm finding are very sterile ultramodern boxes. Nothing wrong with them, just not what I'm after.

Thanks again.

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Postby johnnyapollo » Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:10 am

Your best bet may be to go with a classic USPO box in black, then apply the MCM dressing to the post. I've written about a few posts that I like in my neighborhood blog: http://northcrestmodern.blogspot.com/se ... Box%20Post

It'll give you something to look at at least...

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Postby lowered couch » Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:53 pm

ain't mad at these
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Postby Mod' i-fy » Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:19 am

^^^Those are my favorite..
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Postby Scott NC » Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:34 pm

Make your own that way you'll know no one else will have one like it.
That's what I did 3 years ago with spare wood around the house. I winged it, but it came out pretty good. And only cost me a post.

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Postby Stephen » Sun Aug 28, 2011 8:17 am

lowered couch wrote:ain't mad at these
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http://neutrabox.com/


The price (I think) is surprisingly reasonable. If you read the description, the quality is very high. The only change I'd make is the recommended mounting. They suggest a 1" pipe but I think it looks too thin and unsubstantial. On my Cliff May I think it's go 4x4 wood, 6x6 wood, or maybe a simple 6x6 concrete block base.
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Postby djstwo » Thu Oct 13, 2011 7:55 pm

The Neutra box has little overseas competition:

http://www.letterboxes.co.nz/Modern.82. ... no_cache=1

http://www.boxdesignusa.com/index.php

These are both about $260

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Postby Greg » Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:33 pm

Atomic Ranch had an article in their Fall 2013 issue with photos of Scott Oglevie's mailboxes that are on his Flickr page (linked above). A reader asked "do you know of a good source of 50's period mailboxes?" The editor replied: "...the retro market seems to be wide open. Any other leads guys?"

I searched a long time for a mailbox that would be the 'finishing touch' for our mid-century modern renovation. See the New York Times "The Big Shrink."

The Atomic Ranch Q&A was my Ah-ha moment. I started researching MCM mailboxes. Your can read more about that on my blog (blog.modboxusa.com).

Here is a 3D CAD Design Software image of the mailbox and post that I hope to make available online. My KickStarter campaign will start later this month. So, you CAN have a mailbox that complements the mid-century atomic aesthetic!
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Postby Stephen » Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:42 pm

This is pretty cool...but I believe a major hurdle in the past was that I think you need to get Postmaster General approval for any mailboxes and it wasn't exactly an easy or transparent process.

Greg wrote:Atomic Ranch had an article in their Fall 2013 issue with photos of Scott Oglevie's mailboxes that are on his Flickr page (linked above). A reader asked "do you know of a good source of 50's period mailboxes?" The editor replied: "...the retro market seems to be wide open. Any other leads guys?"

I searched a long time for a mailbox that would be the 'finishing touch' for our mid-century modern renovation. See the New York Times "The Big Shrink."

The Atomic Ranch Q&A was my Ah-ha moment. I started researching MCM mailboxes. Your can read more about that on my blog (blog.modboxusa.com).

Here is a 3D CAD Design Software image of the mailbox and post that I hope to make available online. My KickStarter campaign will start later this month. So, you CAN have a mailbox that complements the mid-century atomic aesthetic!
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http://www.CliffMaySocal.com

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Postby egads » Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:12 am

And do check the pixel size of images you post. This one is way to big for an internet forum. To check to see how they will play out, just click Preview at the bottom before hitting Submit.

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Postby Greg » Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:05 pm

Yes, USPS-STD-7B - U.S. Postal Service Standard Mailboxes, Curbside sets out the specifications and standards along with requirements (quality, inspection, QA systems, designs, etc.), application requirements, and approval process. It is a good document that sets things out clearly. But, yes I agree, it will take some time/energy.

The mid-century modern mailbox by modbox has been designed and will be manufactured such that it can receive approval by the Postmaster General (under the Contemporary style); however, I'm thinking I will not seek/obtain until after the KickStarter campaign, and the first production run.

So, the early adopters will have a mailbox without approval. But, there are others out there, for example: Box Design USA, TomTom Letter Box (Design By Them, Australian), House Art (DaVinci), and Helix Design. All of these are typically marketed as 'modern' mailboxes.

Each May, the Postal Bulletin provides a list of manufactures and their curbside mailboxes approved by the Postmaster General. See postal bulletin 22363 (5-16-13). Of interest here too, Special Lite Products Company, Inc. is not listed as having an approved curbside mailbox. Their Vista mailbox has a bit of a mid-century vibe.

So, from a practical standpoint, I think it is unlikely that the local carrier is going to raise an issue with a mailbox that is not on the approved list. My neighbor has a Box Design USA mailbox and the carrier has not raised any issues with it. I spoke with my local carrier, and he has seen mailboxes similar to the mid-century modern mailbox by modbox. So, they would likely not give it a second thought.

Note too, wall mounted mailboxes do not have to meet the standards and receive approval.

As a side note: the Domestic Mail Manual, section D041 - Customer Mail Receptacles also describes the standards for curbside mailboxes. In this document, section 2.2 Custom-Built Mailbox, provides some leeway. Stating: "The local postmaster may approve a curbside mailbox constructed by a customer who, for aesthetic or other reasons, does not want to use an approved manufactured box. The custom-built box must generally meet the same standards as approved manufactured boxes for flat, size, strength, and quality of construction." So, that is a positive note for all the do-it-yourself designers that have built their own mailbox. But, not sure they want to put forth the effort to get approval from their local postmaster!


Sorry about the image pixels, this was my first post. Not sure how to delete it now.
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Postby Greg » Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:21 pm

Reduced the size/pixels. Previewed first too.

I deleted the image on my prior post.

Stephen, can you delete the huge image on your post too?

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