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The craftsman
Volume XXXI, Number 3 (December 1916)

Why not artistic post boxes?,   pp. 293-295 PDF (2.0 MB)


Page 294


BETTER RURAL POST BOXES
pretension to beauty.   They look like
murderous bombs, sections of pipe or
petrified loaves of bread, they utterly lack
in fitness or artistic design, are most
deadly monotonous to look upon. Like
prisoners in the penitentiary they can be
identified only by numbers. No man can
tell his own save by number or by paint-
ing his own name upon it.
  The New England practical farmer has
hit upon a plan by which the mail carrier,
whether on horseback or in a wagon, can
RUSTIC MAIL-3OX AT TIlE SIDE OF A COUNTRY HOUSE
DOOR.
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PRACTICAL PLAN OF THE NEW ENGLAND rAk(MER,
WHICH ENABLES THE POSTMAN TO DEPOSIT MAIL
WITHOUT LEAVING THE STAGE.
leave or take away the mail without get-
ing off his horse or moving from his seat.
One of the photos shows how the box is
nailed to a horizontal bar, braced to a
post sunk in the ground. These boxes
INGENIOUS DEVICE SEEN AT A WESTERN CROSS-ROAD.
are nine times out of ten, most wobbly
affairs and most clumsily made.   How
beautifully a Swiss would have carved
and painted the box and fashioned the
stout iron frame work! We are in too
much of a hurry here or else we do not
care how things are and take no civic
pride in the look of our streets or road
sides.
  We also overlook the opportunity for
color and interesting form in the signal,
generally a flag, that indicates to the
postman whether mail is within that he
must collect or to the owner, watching
from a far-off window, whether anything
has been left by the passing post carrier.


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