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."




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

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