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Where did the mail slot go?

It seems like there was once a time when almost every home had a mail slot.  Often it was in the front entryway door or sometimes built right into the wall where there was a place inside the entryway closet to collect all the mail.

It was a familiar sight to daily see the pile of mail scattered all over the front entryway floor under the mail slot.

As homes became more energy efficient these mail slots where just another place where too much air exchange could occur.  Whether they make more energy efficient ones I do not know, but if they exist they are not very common.

Perhaps people just got sick of bending over to pick up their mail.

Regardless, on a recent inspection, I found this approach to a “mail slot” quite interesting.  It made me wonder why I had not ever seen it before.

The Mail Slot

Indeed, it was open on the inside.

Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

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Comment balloon 8 commentsCharles Buell • September 03 2016 10:11AM


Charles I don't believe I've ever seen anything quite like that in a home!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) about 4 years ago

There is no use for mail slots in houses built since approximately the early 1980s or late 1970s since the post office does not do door to door delivery to such properties.

Posted by FN LN about 4 years ago

Charles- you brought back memories of my childhood home where there was a mail slot.  I can remember going there to pick up our mail!  We still have a mail box behind our home. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 4 years ago

Hi Charles - The first thing I thought of was what I could stuff in there if one of my friends had a mailbox like that - best answer so far is a litter of baby raccoons, but I'm going to keep working on it.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) about 4 years ago

My dog used to wait for the mail man, attacking the mail as it came through the slot.

The mailman had fun with it, poking the mail in and out of the slot to enrage the dog.

Sometimes the mail was destroyed...

And the dog made glad.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

So much for home security unless the inside was secured as well.  Interesting concept. 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 4 years ago

Good morning Charles. This is pretty funny. I now live in a small town without mail delivery so my place is the Post Office.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 4 years ago

That baby is rusting.... might be fun to replace it!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 4 years ago