A 52-Week Photo Journey

… Mary Nell Moore's Photography

Week 30 – #24. It’s A Mail/Male Thing


James Goold Cutler received a patent in 1883 for his mail chutes.   He began manufacturing his mail chutes at Cutler Manufacturing Company, later known as Cutler Mail Chute Company, out of Rochester, NY.  This particular mail chute is located in a hallway on the main floor in an historic hotel in Chattanooga, TN previously known as The Read House but later renamed the Sheraton Read House.  The mail chute is original to the building, built in 1926, and is still in use today.  You will find older buildings in various cities which still have active mail chutes although many have discontinued their use because mail often becomes lodged in the chute.  The National Fire Protection Association banned the use of these mail chutes for buildings built after 1997.


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Author: tnwaltz

A true Southerner, I was born in Georgia but lived most of my adult life in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 2001, my husband and I retired and moved to beautiful Sarasota, FL. We quickly realized that we were not retirement material and could not play golf two or three times a week so we got our real estate licenses and affiliated with Coldwell Banker on Longboat Key. My love for photography is very beneficial to me when photographing interiors and exteriors of the homes we list. Other than photography, I have a keen interest in genealogy and golf (whenever I can find the spare time from our real estate practice).

3 thoughts on “Week 30 – #24. It’s A Mail/Male Thing

  1. The close up image of the lock is extremely interesting.


  2. I loved that shot – it looked like locked up secrets and I expected the theme to be “Ready for a Book Cover”! Thank you for the history. I learn so much from these blogs!


  3. Lovely. I wonder how many important messages were lost in the mail chutes that changed the course of a person’s history. Sounds like a movie!


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