As a mid-century modern enthusiast, Greg Kelly was frustrated when he couldn’t find a mailbox that complimented the mid-century aesthetic of his home. In the Fall 2013 issue of Atomic Ranch, a reader asked: “Do you know a good source of 50s period mailboxes? In conclusion, the editor stated “…the retro market seems to be wide open.”
This collage shows some of the mailboxes he found, with the Sears 1961 “Diamond Jubilee – Sears 75 Years” catalog image in the upper left. The mailbox was “Specially chosen for Sears Jubilee Value.” The mailbox featured two-tone colors with a special angled mailbox post, too.
The modbox incorporates the best design elements from the various manufacturers over the 20-year period. The starting point was the dimensions from the vintage Leigh Products mailbox that I bought on eBay.
The final design:
Crafted in America, the way it was in the 50s and 60s…
They are using 20 gauge cold rolled steel, the same as was done in the 50s-60s, which is 75% thicker than most mailboxes today.
They will also powder coat the mailbox inside and out, baking at 400 degrees. This method is more environmentally friendly than using baked enamel.
Anodized aluminum will be used for the flag cap and door pull, similar to the Sears version. Looks great with the color options!
The modbox measures 7″ wide x 7.75″ high x 21.25″ long.
The post will be constructed of 1-1/4″ cold rolled steel with an 11 gauge wall, powder coated, and 57.5″ long. The metal mounting plate is 3.5″ x 7.5″ with holes that align with those on the bottom of the modbox. No ugly side mounting holes and screws!
The five color choices are original Eichler Exterior Accent Colors: Turquoise, Sunflower, Pumpkin, Eucalyptus, and Paprika.
The perfect compliment to modbox. These mid-century modern mailbox numbers were inspired from Richard Neutra’s work, where he specified lettering that was open and unobtrusive, the same aesthetic that typified his architecture.
Greg Kelly is currently running a campaign on Kickstarter, when it reaches its goal,he can give the go-ahead for the production of the tooling (signed purchase order). Considering the fabricator’s production time estimate, production could be completed by the end of July. In part, this depends on their production queue and volume at the time.
Greg is offering Mid-Century Style readers a giveaway of one mailbox (single color or two-tone). You can pick from one of the color options listed on Kickstarter.
Entering is easy. Simply leave a comment sharing what kind of mailbox you have and why Greg’s would look better on your house. One comment per person. International entries are ok! 🙂
The winners box will be shipped in early August along with the other Kickstarter mailboxes.
If you decide to pitch in and help as a Kickstarter backer and you win, you will get their backer money refunded AND get a free mailbox post too!
Winner will be drawn via random.org. Entries accepted until Tuesday, June 24th at 12:00pm MDT. Winner will be notified via the email address you share and have 48 hours to reply.
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