Mid-Century Modern Mailbox | purchased on ebay!

modern mailbox-leigh building products-1970sI searched for ‘old,’ ‘vintage,’ ‘retro’, and ‘modern’ mailboxes on ebay starting in early September, after reading the Atomic Ranch modern wisdom section where the Editor said: “…the retro market seems to be wide open.”  I even searched ‘mailbox.’  Yikes, lots of images!

Finally, after more than a month, I found one! The listing: “Vtg Large Retro Leigh United States Country Metal Rural Mail box Letter Flag.” Condition: Used.  The best ebay listing photo is shown here.  Used is perhaps an understatement.  But, it had the shapely design.

Design note: the top does not over-hang the door, like the one shown on the modboxusa.com website.  The manufacture is the same though, Leigh Building Products.  Note too: Leigh was listed on the U.S. Postal Service approved list back in 1970 (prior blog: any manufacturers left?).

After searching every day for a month, I was more than willing to pay the ‘Buy It Now’ price of $70 plus $21 economy shipping.

Looking back, I’m glad I bought it quickly, as another mailbox with the similar design was not listed until late November, and there have not been ANY since!

As of late February, I have not restored the mailbox.  Instead, the mailbox joined me for numerous meetings.  A metal fabricator marked each part and a design engineer has the mailbox while he develops a CAD solid model using SolidWorks.

Modbox USA, Inc.

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