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ART DECO MAILBOXES: An Illustrated Design History

  • 06 Dec 2014
  • 1:00 PM
  • Roosevelt University, Room 611, 425 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605


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Karen Green will give a presentation based on her book Art Deco Mailboxes – An Illustrated Design History, that she co-authored with Lynne Lavelle.

Mailboxes and their chutes were once as essential to the operation of any major hotel, office, civic, or residential building as the front door. In time they developed a decorative role, in a range of styles and materials, and as American art deco architecture flourished in the 1920s and 1930s they became focal points in landmark buildings and public spaces.

While many mailboxes have been removed, forgotten, disused, or painted over (and occasionally repurposed), others are still in use, are polished daily, and hold a place of pride in lobbies throughout the country.

A full-color photographic survey of beautiful early mailboxes, highlighting those of the grand art deco period, Art Deco Mailboxes features dozens of the best examples of this beloved, dynamic design’s realization in the mailboxes of New York City as well as Chicago, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and beyond. 

KAREN GREENE, a clinical psychologist, lifelong photographer, and lover of Art Deco architecture and design, lives in New York City.

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