The first U.S. letter box (where the public could leave its letters) sanctioned by the United States Postal Service was patented on March 9, 1858 by Albert Potts.
Before that, in the early 1800's, most letters in the U.S. were taken to the Post Office to be mailed where recipients also retrieved their mail, which they did for years.
It wasn't until 1863 that mail was finally delivered to the homes of people who lived in cities without an additional charge. Then by 1890, the need for delivery increased as hundreds of cities delivered mail to residents' homes, thus leading to a need for mailboxes, which is what led to its invention and patent by Albert Potts in 1858. (patent number 19578).
Philip Downing later went on to invent the "public protective mailbox" with a hinged lid the provided privacy and prevented theft. It was patented in 1891, after Potts' original mailbox which was invented in 1858.
The very first mailbox invented in history was created in 1653 by Renouard De Valayer of Paris. He invented a short-lived postal system which consisted of a collection boxes on street coners around Paris. me
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The street letter drop mailbox with a hinged door that closed to protect the mail was invented by Philip B. Downing. Downing, an African-American inventor, patented his new device on October 27, 1891 (US Patent # 462,096). http://www.enchantedlearning.com/invento...you,
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First, some background. In the early 1800's, most letters in the U.S. were taken to the post office to be mailed, and recipients had to retrieve their mail from the post office. It wasn't until 1863 that mail was delivered to homes of people who lived in cities without additional charge. By 1890, hundreds of cities delivered mail to residents' homes, thus leading to a need for mailboxes.
While not the earliest, in 1892, George E. Becket, of Providence, R.I., was granted a patent for his "house-door letter-box," an improved mail slot that was permanently mounted on the front door of a house.
The first letter box (where the public could leave its letters) sanctioned by the United States Postal Service was patented on March 9, 1858 by Albert Potts. His design incorporated the lampposts that his company made with a letter box. His receptacle was rather small and required frequent emptying. It was not the first in history, however; that honor goes to Renouard De Valayer. In 1653, he set up a short-lived postal system using collection boxes on street corners around Paris.
It was invented in 1892 by George E Becket of Providence Rhode Island. And it was called the house door letter box. It was a letter slot permanently mounted on the front of a house. More Related Questions & Answers...