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Mailboxes in Rural America. Douglas Miller Visual Literacy – ITEC 5320-40 University of Wyoming. History. Mailboxes have become an icon of Rural America. Original Roy Jorolman mailbox design approved by USPS in 1915. Intended to create uniformity among rural mailboxes. Resistance.

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Mailboxes in rural america

Mailboxes in Rural America

Douglas Miller

Visual Literacy – ITEC 5320-40

University of Wyoming


History
History

Mailboxes have become an icon of Rural America

Original Roy Jorolman mailbox design approved by USPS in 1915. Intended to create uniformity among rural mailboxes.


Resistance
Resistance

Americans were not initially on board with the idea of buying a manufactured mailbox


Regulation
Regulation

USPS finally threatened to stop delivering mail to unapproved mailboxes which prompted more widespread adoption of the Jorolman design.


More people begin using jorolman boxes
More people begin using Jorolman Boxes

However . . . . . . . .


Even with a standard design, many still feel the need to personalize their mailbox

Ririe, Idaho


Abrams, Wisconsin personalize their mailbox


Victor, Idaho personalize their mailbox


Some mailboxes are still created with materials found around the farm
Some mailboxes are still created with materials found around the farm

Mailbox mounted on plow

Ririe, Idaho


Mailbox mounted on a wheel the farm

Victor, Idaho


Many areas do not have as many unique mailboxes
Many areas do not have as many unique mailboxes the farm

  • These include urban and suburban areas

  • Space limitations restrict creative mailboxes

  • Home Owners Associations are restrictive


Urban mailboxes
Urban Mailboxes the farm



Suburban mailboxes
Suburban Mailboxes extends all the way to mailbox design

Approved Mailboxes from Lake Crest Subdivision

Located in a Suburb of Birmingham, AL


Individualism persists in rural america
Individualism Persists in Rural America extends all the way to mailbox design

Johns Island,

South Carolina


Swan valley idaho
Swan Valley, extends all the way to mailbox designIdaho


Warren, extends all the way to mailbox design

Maine


Battleground, extends all the way to mailbox design

Indiana


Brodhead, extends all the way to mailbox design

Wisconsin


Lima new york
Lima, New York extends all the way to mailbox design


The future
The future? extends all the way to mailbox design

Probably not . . . . . . .


In the meantime
In the meantime . . . extends all the way to mailbox design

Visit the National Postal Museum for exhibits that feature unique mailboxes and other fascinating elements of postal history.

Web Address:

http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/index.html

Street Address:

National Postal Museum2 Massachusetts Ave., N.E.Washington, DC 20002

Mailing Address:

National Postal MuseumP.O. Box 37012 MRC 570Washington, DC 20013-7012


Image credits
Image Credits extends all the way to mailbox design

  • http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/exhibits/2b2c_4_ruralmailbox.html

  • http://www.savethepostoffice.com/got-mail-go-get-it-postal-service-has-other-plans

  • http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/exhibits/2b2d_folkart.html

  • http://badbullmedia.com/tag/apartment-mailboxes

  • http://www.xpblocker.com/clustermailboxes-a-172.html

  • http://www.mswoods.com/blog/ashton-subdivision/

  • http://hmcurrentevents.com/growing-smarter-not-bigger/

  • http://www.archithings.com/visual-arts-centre-in-carlow-ireland/2009/10/16

  • http://www.photographsofthewest.org/portfolio/rural-mail/

  • Douglas Miller


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