Interesting Facts About Snail Mail and Letterboxes

We’ve surely come a long way technology-wise, so much so the company of electronics has become part of our daily lives. However, not every technological design has had that much success.

The email is certainly an example since it hasn’t succeeded at the expense of traditional snail mail as we thought it might, despite the predictions that the letter market would decline for 4.3% in the next couple of years.

Let’s face it, receiving mail the good old-fashioned way provides to be a more personal and exciting experience than the electronic way; You wait for it to arrive unlike emails that arrive within minutes, and once it arrives you get to hold it in your hands.

Besides, letterboxes make an essential ingredient for enhancing a home’s curb appeal. For instance, letterbox stainless steel in design is a timeless addition that’s sure to add aesthetic value, withstanding the test of time with sturdiness and quality. There are also custom-made letterboxes giving you the chance to have a say on the end product.


You’d get to choose from the highest quality Australian materials and details such as engraving, discreet lock access, magnetic door, the type of letterbox stainless steel design best suits your taste, whether wall or fence mounted, flush or post mounted, so you’d receive mail in style.

Of course, it was a long way to get to the mailboxes we have today, considering people used to wait for mail to arrive and were expected to pick it up at local stores or coffee houses upon arrangements with storekeepers since post offices didn’t exist, so you’d expect to go for mail miles away instead of the mail being delivered to you.

What was also different than we know it today is the addressee was the one who paid and not the sender, prior to the use of stamps. The start of postal services in Australia happened in 1809, with Isaac Nichols being the first postmaster.

Other famous names in this profession in the US postal services are Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln.

Given the fact a great deal of time was wasted going from door to door to deliver home mail, waiting for someone to answer, the necessity for letterboxes appeared. The oldest known wall box in England, that of Wakefield Post Office, dates back to the same year, 1809, though it wasn’t until mid-1800s that many started using the letterboxes.

The postal service in Australia became organised with the Postal Act of 1825, with the first prepaid adhesive stamps being used in the 1850s. A lot has changed over the centuries, but one thing is certain, both snail mail and letterboxes stand the test of time.