In an era when old-fashioned mail is becoming an afterthought, can the mailbox be saved?
Good design to the rescue; here are 10 modern mailboxes meant for the 21st century:
Above: A Carrier Mailbox made of pre-rusted steel is $660 from Loci Designs via Etsy.
Above: A stainless steel Urban Mailbox available in 10 color options including chocolate (shown) has a flag and can be ordered with or without a stainless steel post at prices from $340 $580 from Box Design USA.
Above: Made of stainless steel with a powder coat finish, a Tom Tom Letterbox is available in four colors including blue (shown) and is $149 AU from Design by Them.
Above: An homage to a midcentury design, a wall-mounted Modern Mailbox made of stainless steel and cedar attaches to a wall with two keyhole brackets. It is $310 from CeCeWorks via Etsy.
Above: A wall-mounted Javi Letterbox is available in black or white (shown) with a choice of two wood finishes and is $395 AUD from Javi Design.
Above: A wall-mounted Henry Mailbox can be customized with house numbers and is available in five metal finishes and two wood finished; $275 from Deus Modern.
Above: A Gibson Mailbox is made of steel and can be customized with house numbers cut into the face plate. Made to order, it is $275 from Bold Mfg via Etsy.
Above: A Mid-Century Modern Mailbox is available in five colors including black as shown for prices from $225 to $275 at Lumens.
Above: An X Press Wall Mounted Mailbox with a tempered glass panel and a built-in newspaper holder is $90.99 from All Modern.
Above: A powder coated aluminum Mailbox No. 1711 with up to five house numbers is available in 16 colors including bronze sparkle (shown) and can be customized with a lock. As configured, it is $269 from Moda Industria via Etsy.
Before you choose a mailbox, see the rest of our picks: