Thu, 03 Jan 2002 RM list
  When were the older green mailboxes changed to the newer Blue?

> The olive green mail boxes used by the Postal Service referred to in 
> several posts are actually relay boxes. They were not used for the 
> deposit of mail...  So, the boxes are still used but in declining 
> numbers.
> Mike Cannone
> Public Affairs, USPS


Thnks for the clear explaination on the continuing use of green on 
relay boxes, but everal of us who have added to this discussion have 
already taken great pains to diferentiate them from collection boxes. 
The whole point of the discussion was that there was a time when ALL 
U.S. Post Office (as opposed to Postal Service) equipment was green; 
relay boxes, collection boxes, motor trucks, the works.

Since you are with Public Affairs, would it be possible for you to dig 
in the archives and find a specific date that the change in colors was 
either authorized, implemented, or both?

This, like yellow stop signs and black and white railroad gates, is 
one of the signature items of an era, and while now far in the past, 
the dates of these changes stradle the eras of modeling interest of 
many of us.

Dennis Storzek
(who remembers when stop lights went green,yellow,red,yellow,green)

Thu, 03 Jan 2002 
Info requested on the color change of green mailboxes: Olive drab 
starting in 1909. On July 4, 1955 the Postmaster General ordered them 
changed to red, white and blue. In 1970 they changed to solid blue.

Mike Cannne
Public Affairs, USPS

Wed, 02 Jan 2002 

I looked  in "NEB&W Scenery, Structures & Details" by John Nehrich
tonight to see if I could find answers to dates and colours for mail
drop and storage boxes and came up with a blank.

However I did come up with a common street detail which most of the
group who have lived in mid to larger sized towns prior to the
introduction of 911 emergency numbers will remember; the younger members
will be clueless.:)

How many remember fire department call boxes? I can remember them on
street corners in Richmond, Va as a child. When did they go away? 

My brother's neighbourhood in NW Washington, D.C. still has the
carcasses of a number of them.  In D.C. they were located about every 4
blocks on a grid.  A friend, and fellow modeler who retired from the
Newport News Fire Department four years ago tells a tale of a member of
the community who when walking home from work each day would pull each
box as he passed it causing many false alarms. One afternoon the
department staked out as many of them as possible and once caught he
never did it again. 

Isn't the trivia of getting a street scene correct fun?

Lawton Maner