Owen-style lamppost mailbox

A.O. Smith Company1911

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum
Washington, DC, United States

Postmaster David C. Owen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, patented the Owen-style or 'drop bottom' style mailbox in 1911. The hinged bottom of these boxes made it faster and easier for mail carriers to remove pieces of mail. A.O. Smith Company of Milwaukee initially manufactured the boxes.

Museum ID: 1992.2002.908


  • Title: Owen-style lamppost mailbox
  • Creator: A.O. Smith Company
  • Date Created: 1911
  • Physical Dimensions: 81.3 x 40.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Subject Keywords: mailbox
  • External Link: Street Corner Mailboxes
  • Medium: metal; paint (olive green)

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