Letter Boxes Patents (Class 232/17)
  • Patent number: 9700166
    Abstract: A mailbox with improved structural rigidity and improved impact resistance over previous mailboxes includes one or more of a rod at least partially within a rolled front edge of the mailbox, use of the mailbox floor to improve structural integrity, such as by rolling the body and floor edge together, rolling the body edge and sliding a flanged floor into the roll, or hemming the floor and body together, and/or a front door impact brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: ARCHITECTURAL MAILBOXES, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Andrew Farentinos, Craig Ronald Steele, Raffy Michael Arce-Paje
  • Patent number: 9675195
    Abstract: A mailbox insert to prevent mail from contacting pooling water in a mailbox, includes: a front section, including a slanted portion, a front support which is connected to the slanted portion, a middle support, and a front lateral adjustment component; and a rear section, including a rear support which is connected to a rear end of the rear section, at least one side hook, and a rear lateral adjustment component; wherein the front section is configured to be insertable into the at least one side hook such that the front section is slidably coupled to the rear section, whereby the mailbox insert is configured to allow a user to change a length of the mailbox insert; and wherein the front lateral adjustment component and the rear lateral adjustment component are configured to expand and contract laterally, whereby the mailbox insert is configured to allow a user to change a width of the mailbox insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventors: Nelson R. De La Nuez, Wade A. Ragan, Joshua R. De La Nuez
  • Patent number: 9504344
    Abstract: Provided is a storage unit for depositing articles for subsequent retrieval. The storage unit includes a plurality of storage compartments with at least one retractable and foldable shelf member within each storage compartment. The storage unit also includes a set of doors configured to cooperate with each other and movable between a closed configuration which disallows access to the plurality of storage compartments and an opened configuration which allows access to the plurality of storage compartments. A control system which includes a computer, a processor board and software is also included with the storage unit. The control system may receive and process an input allowing the set of doors to be moved to an open configuration and may selectively define an access opening between the set of doors for accessing a storage section selected from at least one of the storage compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Seyed Amin Ghorashi Sarvestani
  • Publication number: 20150001283
    Abstract: A mailbox has an interior cavity with an open front and a closed back opposite the open front. A hinged and moveable door covers the open front. An exterior surface is opposite the interior cavity and the exterior surface contains an exterior panel. The mailbox also contains a rechargeable battery. A solar panel is disposed on the mailbox and arranged to generate electrical energy for recharging the rechargeable battery. The solar panel is operatively connected to the rechargeable batter to form a circuit. A first light source is disposed within the interior cavity of the mailbox. The first light source is operatively connected to the rechargeable battery and is powered thereby. A photocell is disposed on an exterior panel of the mailbox and configured to block power to the first light source when the photocell is illuminated. Thus, the first light source only provides light when the photocell is not illuminated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Jefferson Ian Morris, James Gregory Wohlford, Michael Ming-Jae Lin
  • Publication number: 20140346221
    Abstract: The invention is an improved mailbox in which a sectional roll-up type door, in addition to enhancing the aesthetic appeal, facilitates access to the mail box contents, can be used in a weather-resistant way at the side or rear to avoid standing in traffic, and can also be used as a platform for insulation, solar collection, displays, lighting and various types of sensing of conditions at the interior of the mailbox such as the presence or absence of mail. The sectional door moves along parallel tracks that are mounted in the interior of the box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Linda J. Pendergast
  • Patent number: 8875987
    Abstract: An extension mailbox which includes a main mailbox housing mounted onto a vertical support extending from the ground. A plurality of auxiliary mailbox housings, are nested concentrically within the main mailbox housing. A rail system allows the auxiliary mailbox housings to project outwardly away from the main mailbox housing in a telescopic horizontal manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventors: Stanley Supulski, Sarah Wesko
  • Patent number: 8794505
    Abstract: A mailbox protection system that deflects debris away from striking a mailbox that is attached to a bottom area of a mailbox post to reduce a moment of force on the post. A deflection assembly is held in place utilizing a cantilevered structural mounting assembly. The deflection assembly is physically separated from a proximate mailbox that the deflection assembly is configured to protect. The mailbox protection system minimizes or reduces the moment of a force causes by debris striking the deflection assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Michael T. Richardson
  • Patent number: 8789803
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mailbox slider device that provides mailboxes of various widths to be slideably mounted along the horizontal portion of an existing mailbox support post. The device comprises a first base member and a second slideable member being attached using complimentary tongue and groove sliders, wherein the members include a recessed channel having a first and second channel stop that prevents separation of the two members at the base member distal end, while allowing separation and engagement of the members along the inward proximal end of the base member. A mailbox is secured to a support block, which then attaches to the upper surface of the second sliding member. The sliding member engages the base member from its proximal end, whereafter the base member is secured to the horizontal portion of a mailbox post to provide a readily extendable and retractable assembly for improved access for postal service workers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventors: James Richard Van Wingerden, Mary Ellen Van Wingerden
  • Patent number: 8757476
    Abstract: Herein disclosed is a receptacle repair insert, which may have an insert body with at least an outer surface. The outer surface may have a first shape and be effective to attach to a receptacle body having at least an inner surface with a second shape. The inner surface may define at least one orifice and the insert body may be effective to fit into the at least one orifice. The receptacle repair insert may also have at least one extension movably connected to the insert body wherein the extension is effective to create a door. The extension may block at least a portion of the at least one orifice. Further disclosed is a method for replacing at least one mailbox door using at least one embodiment of the receptacle repair insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Douglas Todd Childress
  • Patent number: 8708219
    Abstract: A mailbox support attaching to a post includes an arm for supporting a mailbox at a given height, an opening for freely allowing the arm to slide over the post, and a tab flexibly extending into the opening and designed to limit movement of the arm relative to the post if the post is disposed within the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Liberty Hardware Mfg. Corp.
    Inventors: Charles A. Patterson, Michael Reedy, Victor Hoernig
  • Publication number: 20140069996
    Abstract: The objective of the invention is to deflect snow thrown by a snow plow to prevent damage and lack of accessibility to mail boxes. The drawing scale is 1:8. Engineered drawings now completed. A model has been fabricated and constructed. A plastics engineer is required to determine the proper plastic/synthetic materials and the thicknesses of the side walls and bracing. Changes to follow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Charles O. Pickens
  • Patent number: 8657185
    Abstract: A moveable mailbox tray for mounting in a new or existing mailbox wherein said mailbox tray is attached to the door of the mailbox and is repositioned, along with the contents of the mailbox, both horizontally and vertically in the direction of the user when the mailbox door is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Diane Corey
  • Patent number: 8616435
    Abstract: A mailbox accessory device for insertion within the cavity of a mailbox for more easily accessing mail located towards the rear portion of the mailbox including a first member extending along at least a portion of the length of the mailbox cavity, the second member being coupled to the first member. The mailbox device is movable within the mailbox cavity from a position wherein the second member lies in the vicinity of the rear wall of the mailbox to a position wherein the second member lies in the vicinity of the access opening of the mailbox. The second member extends above the first member and engages mail located in the mailbox cavity so as to move such mail to the access opening of the mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventors: Larry Crabtree, Jan Jansco
  • Publication number: 20130232834
    Abstract: A mailbox protector may include a deflection surface adapted to deflect impacting snow and debris thrown by a snow plow. A mailbox protector may also include at least one anchor member in a fixed relation to the deflection surface. It may further include a complementary anchor member adapted to engage the at least one anchor member in a mounting relation. Furthermore, the at least one complementary anchor member may be adapted to be fixedly disposed in an arbitrary substrate such as concrete, or soil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: Judith Fiore
  • Patent number: 8490859
    Abstract: The rotating mailbox device is provided in varying degrees of complexity, with each embodiment thereof focused on as basic a design as is possible while still retaining the important features of the device. Even the most basic design provides illuminated address, illumination strips within the mailbox assembly, and exterior indicators for indicating mail received via sensing of door opening. Of importance is that the basic design of the device dictates that the dished tray is rotateably affixed directly atop the post and may also be affixed off-center regarding the tray. The direct post-to-tray attachment negates the need for further attachment devices such as horizontal arms, for example. Lateral attachment of the mailbox assembly to the platform elevated section provides for easiest disassembly of part of the device and also for the elevated section to be a floor for the mailbox assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventors: Brett A. Master, Donald A. Bland, Theresa K. Master
  • Patent number: 8485424
    Abstract: A security mailbox secures mail deposited therein from theft and protects its contents from the elements by having a receiving section including a receiving chamber for receiving mail through a mail delivery opening in its front end, a securing section including a securing chamber for receiving mail from the receiving chamber, and a teeter baffle separating the receiving chamber from the securing chamber. The securing chamber has an access door for selectively accessing delivered mail items secured therein. A portion of the securing section pecincluding the access door is selectably attachable to the remainder of the mailbox such that the access door can be on the front or the back of the mailbox. Fasteners accessible only through the access door attach the top end of the securing section to the remainder of the mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Gary L. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20130175332
    Abstract: A mailbox system includes a mailbox housing having an interior chamber. The interior chamber has a surface area and a depth. A lockbox is securely coupled to the mailbox housing, and the lockbox is disposed in the interior chamber of the mailbox housing. A security door is hingeably attached to a wall of the lockbox. The security door has a size smaller than that of the surface area of the interior chamber of the mailbox housing. A lock assembly is coupled to the security door, and the lock assembly is configured to alternatively maintain the security door in a closed position or an opened position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventor: Tafforest Brewer
  • Publication number: 20130098979
    Abstract: A mailbox accessory device for insertion within the cavity of a mailbox for more easily accessing mail located towards the rear portion of the mailbox including a first member extending along at least a portion of the length of the mailbox cavity, the second member being coupled to the first member. The mailbox device is movable within the mailbox cavity from a position wherein the second member lies in the vicinity of the rear wall of the mailbox to a position wherein the second member lies in the vicinity of the access opening of the mailbox. The second member extends above the first member and engages mail located in the mailbox cavity so as to move such mail to the access opening of the mailbox.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventors: Larry Crabtree, Jan Jansco
  • Patent number: 8390850
    Abstract: A toy mailbox for children includes a storage unit and a media processing mechanism. The storage unit includes a door member for closeably opening the storage unit and an ejection slot configured on a portion of the storage unit. The media processing mechanism is coupled to the storage unit, such that the media processing mechanism is capable of dispensing a media sheet having data content printed thereon, into the storage unit through the ejection slot. Opening the storage unit enables children to access the media sheet from within the storage unit. The media processing mechanism is also capable of printing the data content on the media sheet prior to dispensing the media sheet into the storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventor: John Thomas Writt
  • Publication number: 20130020384
    Abstract: A moveable mailbox tray for mounting in a new or existing mailbox wherein said mailbox tray is attached to the door of the mailbox and is repositioned, along with the contents of the mailbox, both horizontally and vertically in the direction of the user when the mailbox door is opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: Diane Corey
  • Publication number: 20120280028
    Abstract: A secure deposit box and method of construction thereof are presented. An inner door is affixed to a top inner surface of a housing and movable on a top edge around a sphere of rotation defined by a bottom edge. An outer door is affixed to a front side of the housing and moveable on a bottom edge. A connecting member is attached on one end to a side edge of the inner door and on the other end to a corresponding side edge of the outer door. An inner panel is fixedly attached to the bottom edge of the outer door, moveable on a proximal edge in the same direction as the outer and inner door, and has a distal edge defining a sphere of rotation which is distinct from the sphere of rotation for the inner door. No overlap exists between the inner door and the inner panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventor: David J. Bolles
  • Publication number: 20110276472
    Abstract: The invention provides a closures (106) for a compartment (100) having one or more walls (112, 114, 116, 118) and an opening (110) defined by at least one of the walls (112, 114, 116, 118). The closure (106) is associated with at least one fastener located inside the compartment (100). The fastener can hold the closure (106) in a first position (eg. closed) relative to the opening (110). The fastener is adapted to cause the closure (106) to assume a second position (eg. open) relative to the opening (110) upon receipt of a suitable signal. The closure (106) has at least on indicium (108) visible from outside the compartment (110). The indicium (108) is adapted to provide a visual indication of a status of the closure (106) or the compartment (110), such as closure open, closure closed, compartment empty, compartment occupied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventors: Dickory Rudduck, Lachlan Richard Goldspink
  • Patent number: 8042729
    Abstract: A mailbox tray mountable to a standard mailbox, the mailbox tray having a bracket arm and a substantially thin generally rectangular slideable tray. The tray has a mail-facing surface disposed substantially parallel to the top surface of the bottom panel of the mailbox. The slideable tray portion has a depression to facilitate mail gripping and removal. A mail-facing surface has one or more drain holes and at least one ridge. The first end of the bracket arm is pivotably connected to the front door and the second end of the bracket arm is pivotably connected to the slideable tray such that when the front door is opened, at least a portion of the slideable tray is extended outside of the cavity and when said front door is closed, the slideable tray is returned in its entirety inside of the cavity. In a second embodiment, the slideable tray further comprises a first segment and a second segment which are pivotably connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Inventor: Tuan Quoc Dinh
  • Publication number: 20110210166
    Abstract: A mailbox tray mountable to a standard mailbox, the mailbox tray having a bracket arm and a substantially thin generally rectangular slideable tray. The tray has a mail-facing surface disposed substantially parallel to the top surface of the bottom panel of the mailbox. The slideable tray portion has a depression to facilitate mail gripping and removal. A mail-facing surface has one or more drain holes and at least one ridge. The first end of the bracket arm is pivotably connected to the front door and the second end of the bracket arm is pivotably connected to the slideable tray such that when the front door is opened, at least a portion of the slideable tray is extended outside of the cavity and when said front door is closed, the slideable tray is returned in its entirety inside of the cavity. In a second embodiment, the slideable tray further comprises a first segment and a second segment which are pivotably connected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Inventor: Tuan Quoc Dinh
  • Patent number: 7931189
    Abstract: A retrofit mailbox security kit includes a binding strap conformable to an interior surface of a mailbox and a hingeably attached security door. A security tab is rigidly attached to the binding strap. The security door in the closed position and the security tab form a mail insertion aperture extending substantially a width of the mailbox. A lock assembly coupled to the security door can restrain the security door in a closed position. The binding strap may be adhered to the interior surface of the mailbox with rivets or with two-sided adhesive tape. The two-sided adhesive tape may be covered with a removably adhered protective film accessible through a clearance aperture in the binding strap to enable the binding strap to be rigidly attached to the interior surface of the mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Inventor: Harry Kalenburg
  • Publication number: 20110084123
    Abstract: A receptacle for secure mail and parcel receipt and storage. The receptacle includes a top which provides a roof for the receptacle, a base, and a housing connected to the top and the base. The housing includes an upper compartment into which mail is first placed, a lower compartment into which mail is deposited from the upper compartment, a front door, located on a front of the receptacle, which is opened to provide access to the upper compartment and through which mail is placed into the upper compartment, a trap door, operatively connected to the front door, in the upper compartment, and an access door that includes a lock. The trap door rests in an open position when the front door is closed, allowing communication between the upper and lower compartments. The trap door is moved to a closed position by the opening of the front door, thereby preventing access to the lower compartment from the upper compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventors: Bobbie Cox, Jeffrey Kalman, Craig Saunders, Lindsey Tufts, JR., Chuck Hosier, Paul Stephens
  • Patent number: 7854374
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a secure mailbox having at least an upper compartment with a plurality of sides, a front mailbox door hinge-ably coupled to a front edge of a side of the upper compartment, a locking and unlocking mechanism being adapted to lock the front mailbox door to the upper compartment and an unlocking activation mechanism coupled to the locking and unlocking mechanism; an upper rear mailbox door hinge-ably coupled to a rear edge of a side of the upper compartment, a locking and unlocking mechanism being adapted to lock the rear mailbox door to the upper compartment and an unlocking activation mechanism coupled to the locking and unlocking mechanism and a lower compartment having a lower, rear mailbox door hinge-ably coupled to a rear edge of a side of the lower compartment, at least one trap door being located between the upper compartment and lower compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph H. Dudley
  • Patent number: 7843340
    Abstract: A mail delivery alert system includes a mailbox housing that encloses an interior space that defines an open front. A door is pivotally coupled to the housing and is movable between open and closed configurations relative to the open front. A first sensor is positioned in the housing so as to detect an opening of the door and a second sensor is positioned so as to detect the presence of an article, such as mail, in the open space of the housing. The system includes a transmitter and a processor. The processor includes programming for actuating the transmitter to transmit an alert signal through the air upon the first sensor detecting an opening of the door and the second sensor detecting the presence of an article in the open space of the housing. The system includes a receiver remote from the housing for receiving the alert signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Inventor: Willis Noland Davis
  • Publication number: 20100127063
    Abstract: A theft-resistant mailbox for parcels and method of construction thereof are presented. An inner door is pivotably affixed to a top inner surface of a housing and is rotatably moveable on a top edge around a sphere of rotation. An outer door is pivotably affixed to a front surface of the housing and is rotatably moveable on a bottom edge. At least one connecting member is rotatably attached on one end to a side edge of the inner door and on the other end to a common side edge of the outer door. An inner panel is fixedly attached to the bottom edge of the outer door and is rotatably moveable on a proximal edge in the same direction as the outer and inner door. The inner panel is comprised of a distal edge defining a sphere rotatably distinct from the sphere of rotation for the inner door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Inventor: David J. Bolles
  • Patent number: 7722000
    Abstract: A movable support post is attached to a vessel, such as a large planter's pot. Two or more fasteners are employed to attach the post to the vessel. The fasteners extend through the post and extend into the interior of the vessel. A ballast material, such as concrete, is disposed in the vessel and encases the bolts therein. The ballast material acts as an anchor to stabilize the vessel and the attached post. A removable lid or tray is positioned at the top of the vessel. The tray or lid can function as a birdbath or flowerpot, adding a decorative adjunct to the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventor: Richard H. Sherburne
  • Publication number: 20100116875
    Abstract: A rural mailbox used for temporarily mails storage has a tiltable secondary-door that can be tilted forward to open and provide a secondary access to mailbox compartment in any position surrounding the mailbox.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventor: Logan Huu Do
  • Patent number: 7694447
    Abstract: A storage device for storing rolled documents includes a tube pivotally mounted to a housing and advanceable between retracted and extended positions relative to a roof of the housing. The roof covers an open end of the tube in the retracted position. In the extended position, the open end of the tube is advanced away from the roof to permit rolled construction drawings to be inserted into and removed from the tube. A floor extends across at least a portion of the tube to prevent the rolled documents from falling out of the tube. Clamps mounted on the housing enable mounting of the storage device on a post, such as a T-post. The storage device may include a display panel having a pocket formed by a sheet of transparent flexible plastic into which a building permit may be positioned and displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Pro-Vent, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay B. Rutler, Spencer B. Hawerlander, Tony Robert Plunkett
  • Patent number: 7611044
    Abstract: A mailbox has four sides generally forming a triangular enclosure to deflect snow thrown by the snowplow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Inventor: Walter T. Wilson
  • Patent number: 7587846
    Abstract: A mailbox cover comprising a flexible sheet having a composite of a plurality of layers. The layers having a first layer decorated with graphics and an underlying second layer magnetically polarized in a first direction so that the second layer is magnetically attracted to a metal mailbox. The plurality of layers further comprising an underlying third layer magnetically polarized in an opposing second direction to the second magnetically polarized layer so that the third layer is magnetically attracted to a metal mailbox. An underlying fourth layer is decorated with graphics. The sheet further comprising a perforated cuts parallel to preselected edges of the sheet so that the perforated cuts allow strips of the sheet to be removed to reduce the length and width of the sheet to adapt to different sizes of mailboxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Inventor: Farhan Khan
  • Patent number: 7578085
    Abstract: An address indicator has panels each displaying a translucent character surrounded by an opaque area. A frame with a channel slidably captures the panels and has an upper chamber above the channel and a rear chamber behind the channel. Stops at opposite ends of the channel keep the panels in the channel and lights such as LEDs are spaced in the upper chamber for casting light into the rear chamber. A translucent screen in the rear chamber defuses light for illuminating the translucent character of each panel. Solar cells charge replaceable, rechargeable batteries for powering the lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Inventors: Albert Chao, Ethel Chao
  • Patent number: 7578087
    Abstract: A weather resistant construction site document storage apparatus including an outer enclosure having a front, a back, two spaced side and top panels formed as a single weather-sealed unit having an open bottom thereof. An inner document frame has a top, two spaced side, and back panels, all of which are formed as a single unit. A document retaining panel is connected to, and upwardly extends from, the bottom panel of the inner frame to define a trough, a remainder of a front surface of the inner frame being rearwardly displaced adjacent the back panel to provide an open interior volume for document placement. The outer enclosure is sized for close non-binding sliding engagement over the inner frame to cover the open front surface and to weather protect documents placed into the interior volume. Mating sliding engagement between the inner frame and the outer enclosure allow the outer enclosure to be slidably lifted upwardly and releasably held thusly for document placement and removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Inventors: David R. Tollis, Lisa Fitzgerald
  • Publication number: 20090196028
    Abstract: An address indicator has panels each displaying a translucent character surrounded by an opaque area. A frame with a channel slidably captures the panels and has an upper chamber above the channel and a rear chamber behind the channel. Stops at opposite ends of the channel keep the panels in the channel and lights such as LEDs are spaced in the upper chamber for casting light into the rear chamber. A translucent screen in the rear chamber defuses light for illuminating the translucent character of each panel. Solar cells charge replaceable, rechargeable batteries for powering the lights.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventors: Albert Chao, Ethel Chao
  • Publication number: 20090145956
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for enhancing the security of a cluster box unit which includes a protective enclosure, internal cabinetry, door, hinge and locking system. The cluster box unit may also include outgoing mail compartment doors that are heavily constructed and rigidly reinforced, with the locks carried thereon protectively shielded, and with the extensible bolts of these locks being engaged by brackets that not only lock the outgoing mail compartment doors but also the master loading doors of the cluster box units. The cluster box unit may also include master loading doors are provided with hinges that extend the full height of the doors—hinges that are defined by pivotally interfitting elements of extrusions that very sturdily mount the master loading doors, that prevent prying or bending the doors in the vicinities of their hinges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Applicant: UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
    Inventors: Ryszard K. MIKOLAJCZYK, Taurris D. Baskerville
  • Patent number: 7533796
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mailbox for placing and retrieving mail. The mailbox includes a lower member, an upper member and a front member. The lower member includes a base, a pair of lateral sidewalls and a rear wall configured to obtain a box shaped enclosure with a top opening and a front opening. The upper member is pivotally coupled to the base that encloses the pair of lateral sidewalls and the rear wall of the lower member. The upper member comprises an opening capable of being aligned to the front opening. The front member is pivotally coupled to the base to close the opening of the upper member thereby closing the front opening of the lower member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Inventor: Ernie Catropa
  • Patent number: 7527190
    Abstract: Moisture resistant barrier mailbox apparatus, device and methods for inhibiting water intrusion into mailboxes where the doors can be positioned into open ends of the mailbox and/or when the doors have outer edges which wrap about open ends of the mailbox. Channel grooves and inwardly bent edges block and control water intrusion when the doors are in closed positions. The mailboxes can include drainage holes in the mailbox floors to allow for water to drain out of and not puddle inside of the mailboxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Euroasia Products Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Bowers, Yun Tim Li, Zhongqin Zhen, Craig W. Walker
  • Patent number: 7516880
    Abstract: A housing has a top, a bottom, sides, a back and a front. The housing has a primary chamber. The primary chamber receives unshredded mail. The housing has a secondary chamber. The secondary chamber receives shredded mail. A shredder is located in the housing above the secondary chamber. The shredder has controls to start and stop the shredder. A primary door is formed in the housing adjacent to the primary chamber. The primary door allows for adding mail to and removing unshredded mail from the upper chamber. A secondary door is formed in the housing adjacent to the secondary chamber. The secondary door allows for removing shredded mail from the secondary chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Inventors: Jason S. Crain, Troy A. Zengel
  • Publication number: 20090084836
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a secure mailbox having at least an upper compartment with a plurality of sides, a front mailbox door hinge-ably coupled to a front edge of a side of the upper compartment, a locking and unlocking mechanism being adapted to lock the front mailbox door to the upper compartment and an unlocking activation mechanism coupled to the locking and unlocking mechanism; an upper rear mailbox door hinge-ably coupled to a rear edge of a side of the upper compartment, a locking and unlocking mechanism being adapted to lock the rear mailbox door to the upper compartment and an unlocking activation mechanism coupled to the locking and unlocking mechanism and a lower compartment having a lower, rear mailbox door hinge-ably coupled to a rear edge of a side of the lower compartment, at least one trap door being located between the upper compartment and lower compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventor: Joseph H. Dudley
  • Patent number: 7506797
    Abstract: A publicly accessible drop box for isolating items deposited therein, includes a securable enclosure, a depository port, a closeable container having an opening and located within the securable enclosure, and a closure device for closing the opening prior to removal of the container. The depository port may include a housing forming a reception chamber having an entrance, wherein the housing is rotatably mounted within the drop box. The drop box may include a view port to allow viewing of the opening of the closeable container. The drop box may include a manipulation device extending into the securable enclosure to enable manipulation of the closure device or to enable movement of any items in proximity to the opening of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Felice, Michael W. Finney, Patrick J. Fitzgibbons, Eugene C. Stradley, John T. Swider, Louis B. Taylor, Michael A. Wisniewski
  • Publication number: 20090001151
    Abstract: A boat motor mailbox, or one that may be structured as a submarine, airplane, locomotive engine, steamboat, or one in which its address illuminated, incorporating a upper container, an integral shaft or other supporting housing, to provide for operativness or illumination of the numbers upon the formed mailbox. In the instance of a boat motor, it may include a motor operative propeller, which may also provide for similar operation to a submarine, steamboat, an airplane, or other configured shapes that are embodied into the structure of the mailbox design. The operating mechanism may receive its electrical energy from solar power, a battery pack, or even hardwired, and which sustains, in the case of the battery, recharging through the use of the solar collecting panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Inventor: Thomas E. Wagner
  • Patent number: 7451912
    Abstract: A tray adapted to fit within a conventional mailbox. The tray includes a flat elongated center body and two side members, each having perpendicular short and tall walls. The tray is adjustable to accommodate a variety of mailbox interior sizes, such that the side walls of the tray are both proximate to the interior side walls of the mailbox. Adjustment slots in the center body allow the side members to slide laterally to fit the width of the mailbox. Either the short walls or the tall walls of the side members can coupled to the body to increase the range of widths of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Inventor: Frank A. Taube, II
  • Patent number: 7427012
    Abstract: A mailbox comprises a mailbox body, a door and a see-through window. The mailbox body has an interior space therein and an access opening through which the interior space is accessible. The interior space includes a cavity extending below a bottom edge of the access opening. The door is movably attached to the mailbox body adjacent the access opening and has a window opening extending therethrough. The door is movable between a first respective position covering effectively an entire portion of the access opening and a second respective position enabling access to the interior space through the access opening. The see-through window is attached to the door and at least partially covering a window opening in the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Inventors: Jasen Jay Saffel, Jack B. Crider
  • Patent number: 7380704
    Abstract: A curbside mailbox kit, compliant with 39 U.S.C. 111 (Feb. 8, 2001), comprising: a base, two sides, an optional signaling flag, a roof, a rear side, and a front door, wherein the mailbox kit is provided in an unassembled form having a void cross section substantially less than 30 square inches, and having a void cross section when assembled of at least 30 square inches. A mailbox, comprising a base, hinged front panel, rear panel, two side panels, and a top, each of the two side panels being attached to the base by a hinge. A mailbox kit, comprising two planar sides, a planar base, a planar rear panel, a hinged planar front door, and a top, the sides, base, rear panel and front being provided in a package with their respective planes parallel, the kit being adapted to be assembled into a box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Inventors: Ran Nizan, Efrat Nizan
  • Patent number: 7364066
    Abstract: A mailbox has an aerodynamic shape that deflects snow thrown by the snowplow and an anchoring system that permits stable anchoring of the mailbox, yet easy replacement in the event such replacement is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Inventor: Walter T. Wilson
  • Patent number: 7357296
    Abstract: A method and system for sterilizing mail is provided. A mailbox is loaded with mail and closed. A decontamination process is performed over a predetermined period of time. An indicator communicates the status of the decontamination process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Denis J. Stemmle
  • Patent number: 7350692
    Abstract: The interior of a mailbox is illuminated with a highly efficient LED lamp powered by a rechargeable battery. The LED lamp is turned on when the mailbox door is opened. A solar panel is mounted under a light-transmitting cover located on the roof of the mailbox for recharging the battery. The illumination system is for the most part composed of a pair of compact modular assemblies which are carried by the mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Inventors: Glenn Bushee, Glenn M. Opendo, Hak Kee Chu