About a million years ago (actually it was in the 1970's) my friend's
father invented and patented a device that would drop down when the
postman opened the door on the mail box.
So all one had to do was look and see if the ball had dropped to know
if the mailman had been there.
K-Mart was selling those for a while.
I don't know if they are still out there or not.
have a long uphill driveway(200'+) and need a way to tell when the mail has
been delivered to cut down on trips to an empty box.
Rubbermaid has a mialbox with a pop up flag on the side. At that distance
you may need binoculars to see it. Mine is visible, but I'm only 75 feet or
so. There are add on things like that also. I've heard of a wireless alarm
setup also, that goes off when the door is pulled open.
Pay attention as to what time they come and schedule you walk for
somtime after that. My carrier has never been later than 12:30. If
the hours are erratic then just wait til early evening. By then all
mail has been delivered.
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