As we contemplate this past year and look forward to the future, one question we often get is, “Why do I need a locking mailbox?” The easy reason is they certainly help deter mail theft which leads to ID theft or fraud.
Did you know that the old “loaf of bread shaped” mailboxes have been around almost since the first mail carrier rode up on his horse for a rural mail delivery. Sure back then they also used barrels but unfortunately they didn’t keep the wind from blowing their letters away. They tried buckets, but they also held rain water. So what to do? Build something cheap, a round top would keep the water from collecting or the snow from piling up and crushing the box, and the lid would keep the wind from blowing the mail away. They could be easily built from lightweight metal since they only needed to be strong enough to hold a letter or two a week.
Pictures like these make us long for the “good old days” when things were safe. However comparing the care of a horse to the care of a car, I think things have gotten easier for us. But the old photos create a longing for things and people that we no longer have.
Christmas cards always evoke nostalgia with sweet paintings of the “cute, crooked little mailbox bedecked in ribbon and greenery holding packages and letters spilling out of the open door.” Where are the other elements shown on the card; the milk bucket, the wood pile, the horse and carriage, and bonnets and muffs? Usually they are locked away in an attic, well of course except for the horse which decades ago died of old age. Shouldn’t the old style mailbox have long ago joined high button shoes as something seen only in museums and no longer actually used?
Yes, the nostalgic cards remind us of days long gone when it was safe to leave your house unlocked, your barn unlocked and your mail unlocked.
Happy New Year!! And wishes for a prosperous 2012. If we all join forces, perhaps our hopes for a return to a simpler and safer time can come true this year.
From all of us at Mailbox Solutions, LLC