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Vintage U.S. Mailbox

December 2nd, 2009 · 22 Comments

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Restored US Letter Box

These are photos of a U.S. mailbox that we restored some years ago. It dates to the late 1950s or some time in the early to mid-1960s. The manufacturer is unknown, but the style of the box is very much like the early designs conceived of by Postmaster David C. Owens in the early 1900s. The original boxes Owens designed were made of cast iron and were produced until the 1940s. Because of the resemblance to those boxes, this style box has become known as an Owens-style mailbox. This particular box is made of a sheet metal and is modeled on the earlier Owens design.

Detail Photo Mailbox

Letter Slot

Mailbox Embossing Detail

Mid Century US Mailbox

Tags: Restorations by Vintage Vending Inc. · Unique & Unusual

22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sandy // Jan 31, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Where Can I find a vintage or new made to look old Owens Style Mailbox?

  • 2 ben forsell // Feb 11, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    i have some of these in my warehouse in sydney australia,exactly what you are looking for.


  • 3 Cami Roberts // Feb 14, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Is this mail box for sale?

  • 4 vintagevending // Feb 15, 2010 at 3:14 pm


    No, we no longer own this item.

  • 5 ORLANDO // Mar 26, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Is there anyone that knows where can I purchase one of these, even if it needs to be restored?

  • 6 angela // Apr 9, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    I have an original Cast Iron one. Does anyone know the value??

  • 7 GG // Apr 11, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    I have a cast iron Owens style mailbox which came from a historical home. What is it’s value?

  • 8 vintagevending // Apr 12, 2010 at 11:38 am


    Check out this link:
    It’s selling on ebay for $290 unrestored.

  • 9 Angela // Sep 21, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    ORLANDO and or Cami Roberts:
    Large Cast Iron.
    You are welcome to purchase the one i have. It needs to be restored. It could use a good sand-blasting or something. angela.fay36@yahoo.com

  • 10 Rick Lahmann // Oct 18, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Ben forsell……would you possibly have the lock for an owens style mailbox, or be able to tell me where I can get one for a rehab project on mine? Perfect condition but missing lock. Thanks, Rick

  • 11 Mike // Oct 14, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    How much does it cost to restore a mailbox like this one?

  • 12 George // Mar 1, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    i have 3 of these mail boxs.
    917 952 8412

  • 13 Margai bass // Sep 23, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Hi I have just purchased a 1949 US Mail Storage Bin I think it reads Tevan Doth Ironworks and I can’t read the timy print under it. Can you tell me anything about it?


  • 14 Anne // Oct 8, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Will you sell or rent your mailboxes, George?
    We are looking for one to use at a wedding in the spring.

  • 15 Don Mack // Oct 8, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I have a vintage mailbox. Pre dates the Owens style. It has a flat top with the deposit door in front. The top is cast iron, the bottom is stamped steel. No markings other than U.S Mail on the front and sides, and Letters on the cast iron door.

  • 16 Silvio // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Hello George, do you still have any of these mail boxes left? Interested in one of them..

  • 17 George // Mar 2, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Yes I still have them. $500 each or all three for $1200. They are all pre-1940. All mounting hardware is included.

  • 18 james emslie // Mar 25, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    looking for mail box locks for 1967 national mail box

  • 19 j. diehl // Oct 5, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I have an owens style mailbox, has great patina, has been painted numerous times thruought the years, believe to be cast iron, will know more later this week.

  • 20 Dan // Oct 19, 2013 at 9:54 am

    J. Diehl, I’d be interested in that Owens style mailbox. If you could send me a picture and a price + shipping. dme731@gmail.com

  • 21 Charlie Melgoza // Apr 8, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I have a 1943 original cast iron mail box and looking to sell . 323-382-2235 I’m from Los Angeles

  • 22 Butch Theis // Jun 19, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    still for sale

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