Someone drove through our neighborhood this past weekend and bashed in everyone’s mailboxes along the street (guess they didn’t get around to it on Halloween so they had to do it for Thanksgiving) and so everyone on the street was out Sunday replacing their boxes.
It suddenly struck me that almost everyone had the same design box; black, rectangular, rounded on the top with a red flag on the side and a hinged door in front. In fact, just about every mailbox you see is this shape. It seems that about 90% of the boxes out there have this design. (The other major design seems to be a plain rectangular box without the rounded top.)
How did the “black rectangular box with a rounded top, red flag and hinged door” design come to be the dominant standard for a mailbox? Was this design specified somewhere, or did it just “happen”? It obviously isn’t required since there are other designs, so why this one?
“Drink your coffee! Remember, there are people sleeping in China.”