This Bonbobi-style mailbox tells a modern story of community accessibility. When the Southern Oaks Community of Santa Clarita, California, discovered their curbside mailboxes were not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), they went in search for a better mailbox. Their number one concern was to find a mailbox with proportions that would allow a wheelchair to pass along the sidewalk without interference. Traditional tunnel-style mailboxes were too deep and violated the city building codes.
The mailbox with its vertical design offered an ADA-compliant mailbox that also had a large capacity. The mailbox has a locking feature that assured residents who were concerned about mail fraud and identity theft. Finally, the community appreciated the design – the curb appeal.
The Southern Oaks Civic Association replaced 279 mailboxes in their community with Bobi mailboxes. They used modified posts to mount two mailboxes per post. The mailbox replacement project spanned approximately 1 ½ years, with the last six months used for installation. It was completed in the spring of 2006.
The museum acquired this Bobi mailbox in 2007. It was one of the boxes ordered for the Southern Oaks project, although it was never used in the community.
The Bobicompany was founded in 1991 by two brothers in Finland. Bobi mailboxes are limited access boxes designed for mail drop off only. They do not have indicator flags. They are intended for postal customers who do not want letter carriers to pick up outgoing mail.
Bobi mailboxes now come in eight different styles and eight different color options. The mailboxes are made of 20-gauge (1 mm) stainless or zinc plated steel covered with a polyester coating. All of the Bobi designs are approved by the USPS.
Museum ID: 2007.2005.1