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Blood's Penny Post drop box

1850s

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

During the mid-1800s, in some cities and towns, privately operated local posts competed with the government post office by carrying mail for a fee. Surviving local post mailboxes, such as this one from Blood's Despatch in Philadelphia, are rare.

Museum ID: 2006.2014.1

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Details

  • Title: Blood's Penny Post drop box
  • Date Created: 1850s
  • Physical Dimensions: 27.3 x 19 x 11.4 cm
  • Subject Keywords: local post, mailbox
  • Medium: metal; paper; enamel or shellac

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