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

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