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Object Name: Miniature mail box
Date: 1930-1940
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Medium: Wood, metal
Dimensions: Overall: 1 1/2 in. ( 3.8 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Carved and fitted wooden mail box on a post with a metal mail slot and the inscription, "LETTERS."
Credit Line: Gift of Nancy Wintner
Object Number: 2000.903
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Marks: handwritten: on the box: "LETTERS"

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This miniature mail box was made by the donor's father, Louis Wintner (1873-1969), a New York City engineer. Mr. Wintner grew up in Brooklyn, studied at the Pratt Institute and began working for General Incandescent Arc Light Company (now General Electric) around 1893. He helped design the first electric traffic light in New York. This miniature represents the intersection of Mr. Wintner's career as an engineer and his favorite hobby, woodworking.