Thursday Trivia

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The inventor of today's mailbox, originally called a street "letter box," was a federal employee. True or False?

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Answer: False.

"Although not a postal employee, Philip B. Downing, an African American from Boston, Massachusetts, invented improvements to street letter collection boxes for which he received a patent in 1891. Collection boxes had been in use since 1858. His design gave mail greater security from theft and weather."

Source: https://about.usps.com/who-we-are/postal-history/african-american-workers-19thc-2011.pdf 

 

 

Posted by FederalDaily Staff on Feb 19, 2015 at 10:10 AM


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