The surprising invention of Orville Wright

Many people associate the name Orville Wright with the invention of the airplane.

However, Orville Wright invented — and patented — a combined mailbox and lamp:

The first letter box (where the public could leave its letters) sanctioned by the United States Postal Service was patented on March 9, 1858 by Albert Potts. His design also incorporated a lamppost (his company made them).

Via Improbable Research

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