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Art Deco Mailboxes: An Illustrated Design…

Art Deco Mailboxes: An Illustrated Design History

by Karen Greene

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393733408, Paperback)

A great gift book for lovers of unsung urban decorative art and unique architectural details.

A photographic survey of great early mailboxes highlighting those of the grand Art Deco period, together with a brief history of the mailbox-and-chute system patented by James Cutler of Rochester, New York, in 1883, this book documents its spread to commercial and residential buildings in New York City and beyond in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Mailboxes and chutes were considered as essential to the operation of any major hotel, office, civic or residential building as the front door. They found a new role as decorative elements, available in a range of styles and materials. Mailboxes were focal points in lobbies and public spaces throughout the country: Grand Central Terminal, the Woolworth Building, the St. Regis Hotel, York & Sawyer’s Salmon Tower, and many more. While some have been removed, forgotten, disused, or painted over, others are still in use, are polished daily, and hold pride of place in lobbies throughout the country.

150 color illustrations

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