Wait a Minute Mr. Postman!

Bobbi and I love to introduce clients and friends to historic homes. We often get questions about some of the unique characteristics of the homes we sell, and one of those is the mail slot. Historic home buyers are often surprised to learn that their mail comes through a slot in their wall and not some cluster mailbox down the street.

Here’s a little history: Prior to 1863 mail was sent and received at the post office. That changed when the United States Post Office (USPO) began city-wide delivery to every home. However, it wasn’t until 1923 that the USPO mandated that every new home have a mail receptacle. At that time most rural areas had mail boxes on the street for driving mail carriers. But urban homes were built with a mail slot, which was usually installed next to, or in, the front door and was serviced by walking mail carriers. Well guess what? They still are! Every day mail carriers walk the historic neighborhoods delivering mail.

And historic homeowners know their mail carriers very well. Many residents will greet them by name and take the mail directly from them if they are home when the mail is delivered. Fancy that!

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