Samara O'Shea

What’s to Become of Letter Boxes?

I was in the lobby of a hotel recently and saw this beauty.
I can’t even imagine what it costs to have something like this made, and I wonder how old it is. I’m glad the hotel is keeping it on display, even though it’s not in use as per this sign:


My hope is that all hotels and professional buildings will keep their letter boxes on display—even as they become obsolete—because they are gorgeous and a nod to American history. For those who get rid of them, I imagine they’ll become collectibles. I’d love to own one if I ever have a game room—compete with pool table, pinball machine, and letter box.