Really! This post office was the old-time country-store postal window that had been removed from someplace in West Virginia. It's very cool. It has the bars and little doors, and the cash drawer with a sliding tray. The tray has two big semicircles hollowed out for the change. The names of some of the original box holders are still underneath some of the boxes. There's a small paper remnant of the prices on one side. I just wonder what kind of news came in those boxes over the years...
My original vision for the piece was that it would be a great thing to play with for any kids that came along, but the reality is that it isn't stable enough for that. It was obviously built into the counter of the general store -- there's molding on the top to confirm that. Sitting on it's own, it is an easy-toppler. Not good for small children with fragile heads.
Right now it's in our laundry room and it's one of the things that needs to go somewhere else for the laundry room revamp. I would like to clean it up (not refinish!) and move it into our family room. If anyone has any ideas of how to use it decoratively, I'm listening! Here are the photos. If you click the photo it gets blurry, but you can see more detail. Sorry, crappy camera.
From the front, with door open. Notice how
top molding is mitered on the right corner?
From the back, doors closed. Not as pretty
but way cool.