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Publication numberUS3767111 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 23, 1973
Filing dateAug 18, 1972
Priority dateAug 18, 1972
Publication numberUS 3767111 A, US 3767111A, US-A-3767111, US3767111 A, US3767111A
InventorsPattengill R
Original AssigneeRaymond Lee Organization Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Automatic mail box door
US 3767111 A
A mail box has a door formed by split half sections which can be pushed apart for insertion of mail. The door can be swung downward as a unit to provide access for removing mail.
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United States Patent Pattengill Oct. 23, 1973 [54] AUTOMATIC MAIL BOX DOOR 1,152,286 8/1915 Brownson 220/32 1,232,616 7/1917 Shinn 232/45 [75] Inventor. Ralph M. Pattengrll, Charleston, 1,332,818 3,1920 Eastman 232,45 2,319,145 5/1943 Loomis 220/29 2 112,343 3/1871 Card at al. 220/29 [73] Ass'gnee' :2: fig i gg g g grganmmn 2,646,214 7 1953 Cuplin 232145 [22] Filed: 1972 Primary Examiner-James T. McCall [2 1] App]. No.: 281,825 Assistant Examiner-Peter A. Aschenbrenner Attorney-Richard S. Shreve, Jr.

[52] US. Cl. 232/17, 220/29, 232/45 [51] Int. Cl. B65d 91/00 [57] ABSTRACT [58] Field of Search 232/17, 25, 44, 45;

222/29 32 A mail box has a door formed by split half sections which can be pushed apart for insertion of mail. The [56] References Cited door can be swung downward as a unit to provide ac- UNITED STATES PATENTS remm'ing 2,437,053 3/1948 Swanson 232/l7 2 Claims, 6 Drawing Figures AUTOMATIC MAIL BOX DOOR FIELD OF THE INVENTION My invention is directed toward a mail box having a door so constructed that mail can be deposited without the door being opened in conventional manner.

SUMMARY To this end, the door is formed of two half sections pinned pivotallyv together at the top whereby each section can be pivoted upward about the pin in a vertical plane. Each section has a vertical lip intersecting the body of the section at an acute angle. The lips are abutting and extend away from each other when the sections are closed.

Mail is deposited by pushing it against the lips. With slight pressure the door opens, and after the mail is deposited, the door closes by its own weight. The door can be swung downward as a unit about a hinge to permit mail to be removed in conventional manner.

My invention is particularly applicable to rural type mail boxes to prevent the vehicle used by the mailman during delivery from being struck by the door as swung open whereby damage to paint and metal is minimized.


Referring now to FIGS. 1-6, a horizontal rural type mail box 10 rests up and is secured to a vertical post 12. A door is hingedly secured at 14 to the box and is engagable with an upper latch 16. The door consists of two half sections 18 and 20 which are disposed side by side and pivotable about a top horizontal pin 24 extending in the longitudinal direction of the box.

Section 18 is pivotable clockwise upwards in a vertical plane about the pin. Section 20 is pivotable counterclockwise upwards in a vertical plane about the pin. Each section has a vertical lip 22 extending outward at an acute angle as for example sixty degrees. When the sections are closed, the lips are in abutting position and extend outward from each other.

When mail is pushed against the lips, the sections pivot upwards and the door is opened for deposit of mail. The sections will close by gravity action once pressure is removed. The door can be opened in conventional manner as a unit for removal of mail.

While I have described my invention with particular reference to the drawings, such is not to be considered as limiting its actual scope.

I claim: 1. In combination: a rural type mail box; and a door for said box, said door having two mating half sections which can be pushed apart for deposit of mail, said door being movable as a unit to open in a conventional manner for removal of mail;

wherein said sections are pivotable upwards in a vertical plane about a top disposed point of pivot, one of the sections pivoting clockwise, the other pivoting counterclockwise;

and wherein each section has a front disposed verti cal lip intersecting the main portion of the section at an acute angle.

2. The combination of claim 1 wherein said lips are abutted together when the sections are closed and point outward .in opposite directions.

Patent Citations
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US112343 *Mar 7, 1871 Improvement in taper-holders
US1152286 *Mar 19, 1914Aug 31, 1915Frank Norris JGarbage-can-receptacle cover.
US1232616 *Apr 11, 1916Jul 10, 1917James E ShinnRural-free-delivery mail-box.
US1332818 *Apr 29, 1918Mar 2, 1920Eastman Lester CRural mail-box
US2319145 *Jul 12, 1941May 11, 1943Loomis Evarts GBlocking press
US2437053 *Mar 27, 1946Mar 2, 1948Swanson Clark FMailbox
US2646214 *Apr 27, 1951Jul 21, 1953Cuplin Frank MMailbox including spring urged door
Referenced by
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US4724962 *Nov 13, 1986Feb 16, 1988Olympus Optical Company LimitedDisk jacket
US5175918 *Jun 13, 1991Jan 5, 1993Gary ChristopherPortable container with pivotable closure and method of manufacture thereof
U.S. Classification232/17, 232/45, 220/822
International ClassificationA47G29/00, A47G29/122
Cooperative ClassificationA47G29/1209
European ClassificationA47G29/12R