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.
Visual Literacy – ITEC 5320-40
University of Wyoming
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.
Americans were not initially on board with the idea of buying a manufactured mailbox
USPS finally threatened to stop delivering mail to unapproved mailboxes which prompted more widespread adoption of the Jorolman design.
However . . . . . . . .
Even with a standard design, many still feel the need to personalize their mailbox
Mailbox mounted on plow
Uniformity is a top priority for suburban development which extends all the way to mailbox design
Approved Mailboxes from Lake Crest Subdivision
Located in a Suburb of Birmingham, AL
Probably not . . . . . . .
Visit the National Postal Museum for exhibits that feature unique mailboxes and other fascinating elements of postal history.
National Postal Museum2 Massachusetts Ave., N.E.Washington, DC 20002
National Postal MuseumP.O. Box 37012 MRC 570Washington, DC 20013-7012