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Antique Rare Century Rural U.s. 1901 Rotating Tin Mail Box 1901

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Seller: buypeter (578) 100%, Location: Parsonsfield, Maine, Ships to: US, Item: 282272952602 Rare 1901 U.S. Rural Mailbox, made by the U.S Postal Service to expedite the revolutionary concept of rural free delivery of the mail at the turn of the century. Embossed with raised letters-"U.S. MAIL" on both sides Those letters were painted black at some point, and the name "M. Wheelock" was painted below.. Embossed letters on both ends read-"CENTURY RURAL MAIL BOX PAT MAR. 5. 01" There is a hanging bracket that extends from end to end, and a lever of some kind along with the moveable star at one end. The star goes up I believe when the box rotates closed when there is mail to be picked up. There is an area where the mouth of the box attaches to the cylinder that has worked loose over the years and needs to be resoldered ( see fourth picture). Measures 20" long, and 7" in diameter. I'm not clear on the mechanics of this mailbox, but it seems like an ingenious design to give notice of mail mechanically as well as protect the mail from the weather. Please email with questions.

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