The Mailboat Cometh


English Hand-Hammered Brass Wall-Mount Letter Holder with Three-Masted Galleon Decoration (LEO Design)


In 1950, US households received mail delivery twice a day.  Businesses, especially in cities, might receive three deliveries a day.  Written addresses were checked and any mistakes were cheerfully corrected.  And postal drop boxes were emptied multiple times a day—even on Sundays.

72 years later, our experiences (and expectations) regarding the Post is quite degraded.  And it's a shame: only can a large and well-managed system (like a USPS) deliver quick, safe and inexpensive delivery.

"In the olde days..." some mail might have arrived by boat, from overseas or to remote, watery locations.  The English hand-hammered brass letter holder, shown above, would have hung on a Twenties British wall—holding mail (either incoming our outgoing).  The Art Deco lettering indicates a post war time period, while the hand-tooled three-masted ship might have come from an earlier period.

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