MY FAVORITE FINDS #1 – GOLDEN STARBURST MAIL BOX

1950s starburst mail box.

1950s starburst mail box.

I bought this beautiful eye-catching mid century mail box last summer from a great little shop on Etsy – Mid Century Kitschen (https://www.etsy.com/shop/midcenturykitschen). I considered it a bit of a birthday present to myself and just couldn’t pass it up. Original pieces like these especially those in such great condition and that come with their original boxes are hard to find and sell quickly. The iconic starburst design on the harvest gold metal box shines as does the metal itself. It has a subtle sparkle that reminds me of the metallic paint on the model cars my brothers used to make when I was little. It also comes with the matching newspaper holder that hooks onto the bottom once it is up. I can’t wait to put it up by the front door…I know it will look amazing!

The colour is a warm mix of gold and orange that in some light looks almost sunny yellow and in other light almost a deep orange. It was made by a company called The Griswold Maufacturing Company out of Sidney, Ohio.

Mid century starburst mail box.

Mid century starburst mail box.

The curious mid century history buff in me wanted to find out what I could about this Griswold company so I did a little online search and here’s what I found out about them. The original company started out making hinges and hardware in 1865. Later they started making cast iron cookware which is what the company was and is mostly known for. The company changed hands a few times and in 1957 the company was sold to the Wagner Manufacturing company of Sydney, Ohio who continued using the Griswold name and trademark until it changed hands again. So from the Sydney, Ohio address on the box I think this mail box would have been made between 1957 and 1969. I have not been able to find any other Griswold made mailboxes online so I’m not sure what other colours or styles of mail boxes they may have made.

Griswold logo sticker inside the mail box.

Griswold logo sticker inside the mail box.

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