Today, you may not use the mail as often as people did in the past.
Thanks to technology such as telephones, text messaging, e-mails, and much more,
mail has been nearly forgotten. But itís important to understand why mail and
mailboxes are still needed even with todayís technological advances.
In 1639, Robert Fairbanks
of Boston, Massachusetts, used his home as the first centralized sorting and
distributing center for mail. Like wildfire, society caught on pretty quick and
soon enough writing letters was the popular thing to do. Eventually, Fairbanksí
home was just too small to be the only place that sorted and distributed mail.
Soon after, Boston coffee houses came to the rescue. Fairbanks would pick up and
drop off letters to the coffee houses in the area and residents familiar to that
coffee shop would use it as their post office.
Even more interesting, many
people are unaware that the first postal routes were done by volunteers on
horseback. In 1665, thoughts of the post office were spreading fast. More and
more cities and states wanted access to other cities and states. The idea of
people delivering mail by horseback was then considered and carried out. Horses
were dressed in saddle bags full of letters and other pieces of mail.
Volunteers, if healthy enough, would carry out routes across hundreds of miles.
Some letters only took, at shortest, about two weeks to get to its destination.
Other letters could take up to a month to be delivered and in cold harsh
winters, people were lucky to get mail at all. In 1775, 100 years after the idea
of sending a letter was considered and acted upon, Benjamin Franklin was
appointed our first U.S. postmaster. That same year, U.S. congress required the
establishment of set routes with specific sorting and distribution centers.
Although security of the letters was a problem, many people were happy just to
have a letter in the mail.
Security was always an
issue back in the times of the Fairbanks post office as well as it is an issue
today. Important information such as documents with personal information was
often lost. Today, the United States Post Office works hard to deliver mail as
securely as possible. Unfortunately, people still find that their mail is often
missing or never comes whatsoever. Most resort to an individual locked mailbox,
never realizing that the entire community they live in most likely has the same
problem. A locked mail box unit offers a solution to this problem.
Security locked mailboxes
are ideal to be used by major facilities where a number of people will find mail
security an issue. Places such as: prisons, college dorms, private postal
centers, government agencies, and military bases will find locked mailboxes a
Specifically, these locked
mailboxes are made from zinc die cast doors and frames. The compartments are
held together with four major screws and can be stacked-two units on top of each
other at a time. Each individual mailbox is capable of being locked and opened
with a key. The unit itself can be mounted adjacently to each other or to wall
studs. Most importantly, they are USPS certified!
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