8 Best Modern Mailboxes to Buy

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By Gabrielle Golenda
It's no surprise that the most unique mailboxes came from the bygone era of Cadillacs, colorful toasters, atomic clocks, and other popular home luxuries.

1963 was a momentous year in America, especially for the most fervent postal historians—the ZIP code was actually introduced at this time. As the U.S. Postal Service was streamlining their delivery service, there became a need to create mailboxes that were both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Today, those brightly-colored modern designs continue to influence some of the most eye-catching mail storage around. 

We've put together  a compilation of midcentury-inspired mailboxes you can buy, as well as ones that have been found at homes featured by Dwell. They'll transform your address from just another number to an expression of your aesthetic.


Modbox Midcentury Mailbox

modbox USA Midcentury Modern Mailbox
modbox USA Midcentury Modern Mailbox
Design enthusiast Greg Kelly launched a Kickstarter campaign to create the Midcentury Modern Mailbox when his search for the perfect curbside complement to his home proved unfruitful. Produced by modbox USA, the mailbox is faithfully modeled after those of the 1950s and '60s. It comes in a variety of cheerful Eichler Exterior Accent Colors and features an easy-open door and an anodized aluminum flag cap. When the flag is lifted, it follows the angle of the leading edge and the post. Made of powder-coated steel baked at 400 degrees, the mailbox is durable enough to withstand all types of weather. Photo: Courtesy of modbox USA
Mid-Century Modern Mailbox - Monochromatic by Modern Mailbox
Mid-Century Modern Mailbox - Monochromatic by Modern Mailbox
The Mid-Century Modern Mailbox - Monochromatic was created by Modern Mailbox to complement the unique characteristics of the Mid-Century Modern home. It is coated in a single powder coat finish--available in a range of popular 1950s colors--to give the mailbox an even more modern edge. Hidden wall mounting hardware and a seamless top opening lid keep the design looking slick and sleek. Handmade in USA.
8 Best Modern Mailboxes to Buy - Photo 1 of 6 - Letterman IV in orange by Michael Rösing for Radius-Design, $225 (without post). This best-selling model is made to meet the Deutsche post standards, but we bet it would be equally suitable on this side of the pond.

Letterman IV in orange by Michael Rösing for Radius-Design, $225 (without post). This best-selling model is made to meet the Deutsche post standards, but we bet it would be equally suitable on this side of the pond.

8 Best Modern Mailboxes to Buy - Photo 2 of 6 - A modern mailbox in the front landscape provides character that emphasizes the overall minimal aesthetic. 

A modern mailbox in the front landscape provides character that emphasizes the overall minimal aesthetic. 

8 Best Modern Mailboxes to Buy - Photo 3 of 6 - An asymmetrical mailbox incorporates midcentury geometry and new building materials into the front approach.

An asymmetrical mailbox incorporates midcentury geometry and new building materials into the front approach.

8 Best Modern Mailboxes to Buy - Photo 4 of 6 - A powder-coated zinc aluminum body and marine plywood front means zero rust and mold from this New Zealand-made mailbox. A locked lower half keeps mail and packaged protected while the open upper half holds newspapers.

A powder-coated zinc aluminum body and marine plywood front means zero rust and mold from this New Zealand-made mailbox. A locked lower half keeps mail and packaged protected while the open upper half holds newspapers.

8 Best Modern Mailboxes to Buy - Photo 5 of 6 - The Neutra Box is handmade from locally-sourced, upcycled sheet metal remnants, reclaimed mostly from outfits in Richmond, California. The box is available in red and black. 

The Neutra Box is handmade from locally-sourced, upcycled sheet metal remnants, reclaimed mostly from outfits in Richmond, California. The box is available in red and black. 

8 Best Modern Mailboxes to Buy - Photo 6 of 6 - Designed by Clare Hsu—a student at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California—this mailbox is pictured at the California College of the Arts's Wattis Institute galleries from April 16-24, 2010 as part of the The Way Beyond Art: Sunny Memories exhibition.

Designed by Clare Hsu—a student at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California—this mailbox is pictured at the California College of the Arts's Wattis Institute galleries from April 16-24, 2010 as part of the The Way Beyond Art: Sunny Memories exhibition.

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