Beaumont Black History Facts and Fashion – Who invented the mailbox?

Black History Month in Southeast Texas Are you ready for today’s edition of Beaumont Black History Fact & Fashion? The mailbox was patented by Black inventor Philip B. Downing. He developed a functioning mailbox that was very similar to the familiar blue boxes we see in front of post offices across Southeast Texas today. A key element of the mailbox was the hinged door that let people drop in mail and protected the mail from theft and the elements. Philip B. Downing patented... Read More is the only comprehensive senior lifestyle website for Southeast Texas Seniors. is dedicated to being informative to all things of concern to seniors, their families and their caregivers.