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Growing up, my house had a mailbox right at the front door, which was a bit different from most of my neighbors who had mail slots in their doors. It was fascinating to see mail delivered directly into their homes, but I always felt a twinge of sympathy for our Mailman Tom, who had to climb hundreds of sets of stairs each day. Despite the physical challenge, he always wore a smile on his face. Remarkably, I bumped into him two years ago in an entirely different place, and he looked exactly the same. I couldn't help but wonder if those stairs somehow acted as a secret fountain of youth for him!
As a kid, I loved hanging out on the stairs or the front lawn, eagerly waiting for Mailman Tom's arrival. However, if I were in his shoes, I might have preferred delivering mail in one of the neighborhoods with mailboxes at street level. There were only a few areas left in town with such mailboxes, and they all had a striking resemblance due to being put up during the Mid-century Modern phase. The mailboxes had a cool yet slightly faded appearance, featuring sleek angles and an aerodynamic-looking mail flag that I couldn't resist lifting up when passing by.
When I drive through neighborhoods with roadside mailboxes, I find that they are often these unappealing black metal boxes or slightly more interesting 1920s designs. I can't help but hope to stumble upon the ones from my youth, but unfortunately, they seem to be a thing of the past. It appears that nobody manufactures mailboxes like those anymore. Nevertheless, there is a glimmer of hope, as Greg Kelly from North Carolina has embarked on a Kickstarter campaign to revive those stylish Retro Mid-century Modern Mailboxes. I'm optimistic that with his efforts, we might see the return of these unique and charming mailboxes to our neighborhoods once again.
Check out the video explaining what Greg is trying to accomplish, and then head over to his Kickstarter page and back the revival of an American classic.