By Chuck Woodbury
Have you noticed that mailboxes like the one below have disappeared from most street corners? They were once all over the place in most big cities and suburbs. Even in the good ol’ days you’d seldom find one in a tiny town because the post office was usually a short walk from about anywhere.
In my town of Edmonds, Wash., I first noticed the public mailboxes disappearing about five years ago. Then, last month, one of the few that remained disappeared, one I would use on my way to the grocery store.
I guess the postal folks have decided that people can either use their home mailbox or drop by the post office. It’s probably a money-saving move — fewer stops for mail carriers.
Keep an eye on your town’s blue mailboxes. If they are not gone yet, I bet it won’t be long.
NOTE FROM CHUCK: Shortly after I posted this, I received an email from a former postal employee who referred me to a story that explained where these blue boxes went. Read it here.