I found this photo on my computer. It was from a batch of photos that my son took last year at a friend’s new (old) house.
When I was a kid growing up in Florida my parents used to have an insulated milk box in the driveway where the milkman delivered our milk, but I’d never heard of these built-in “milk and package receivers.” So I thought I should maybe look into it…
Here and there, you can find other photos of them online.
I also found the company’s 1927 product catalog…
“The Majestic Milk and Package Receiver makes it possible to receive milk, groceries and other parcels without going outside or opening a door of the house. Two cast iron frames and doors connected by an adjustable steel body are installed in the wall of the kitchen…
Both of the doors can be unlocked from the inside only. The delivery man deposits the articles in the Receiver from the outside. When he closes the outside door it locks automatically and can not be opened again until the latch is released by an extended chain on the inside, making the Receiver ready for further deliveries. The Majestic Receiver is inconspicuous, occupies no needed space and gives protection against weather, annoyance, theft and intrusion.”
Like “dumb waiters,” the Majestic Milk and Package Receiver was promoted as a replacement for people —(a “silent, automatic servant”)— in much the same way that rise of packaging also served to replace people. (See also: Fallout Shelter Packaging)
The catalog’s photo-illustrations of the milkman delivering the milk outside and the woman in the kitchen receiving it through the wall, also calls to mind the Automat, another early 20th Century concept for avoiding unwanted human interactions.
(We look further into the Majestic Milk and Package Receiver, after the fold…)
What sort of packaging did the Majestic unit in my son’s photo contain? A couple of tin cans and a formerly colorful Four Paws® “Puppy Housebreaking Aid” carton. (circa: 1986?)
Note: research shows that our time capsule carton originally included a pegable fifth panel hanger with an off-center hole for balance.
As for the rainbow graphics, maybe we’ll look into that another time.