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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.

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

Ririe, Idaho

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

many areas do not have as many unique mailboxes
Many areas do not have as many unique mailboxes
  • These include urban and suburban areas
  • Space limitations restrict creative mailboxes
  • Home Owners Associations are restrictive
suburban mailboxes
Suburban Mailboxes

Approved Mailboxes from Lake Crest Subdivision

Located in a Suburb of Birmingham, AL

individualism persists in rural america
Individualism Persists in Rural America

Johns Island,

South Carolina

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Brodhead,

Wisconsin

the future
The future?

Probably not . . . . . . .

in the meantime
In the meantime . . .

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
  • 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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