Did you know that prior to the 1850s the rural mailbox did not exist?
Without the development of the mailbox, we would likely be living in a vastly different world today.
As early as the 12th century A.D., humans were using pigeons to send long-distance messages to one another, occasionally saving lives with these messages.
The advent of the modern letter delivery service allowed for even better communication, as it depended more on people than pigeons.
However, with the humble beginnings of the postal service, mailboxes were soon to follow.
But, these boxes for mail did not always look the way that they do today. In fact, there was a wide variety of them that predated the existing one.
Read on to find out about the rocky start of American mailboxes.