He did both. He put the flag down if he picked up mail and did not
deliver any. He put the flag up if he delivered mail but did not pick
any up. He left the flag up if he picked up and delivered mail. The
flag just meant "I need attention"
From what I remember anyway - but it's been over 45 years.
I remember the " rotate the mailbox " signal - same as the flag -
- mailbox facing the road means - something is here -
- mailbox facing parallel to the road means - I'm empty ...
I always understood that the flag meant the same thing -
used by the homeowner and by the mail-man.
This was for my area in southern Ontario Canada.
Can do both ways. Flag up can mean both
mail going out (when the carrier arrives)
and mail in the box (after the carrier
has passed by).
I was in a small town diner one time. The
waitress would put a slip on the round thing
with the clips and proclaim "order up!" and
the chef would put a plate of food on the
heated transfer shelf and reply "order up!".
Really was irritating. Which is it? Can't
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