Vintage US Mail Leather Bag Dated 1943 | Bona Allen
Here we have a vintage leather US mail bag dated 1943. If they try to make them like this, they won't hit the mark. This thing was made for rain, sleet, snow or shine. And by the looks of it, all were in play throughout the life of this beauty. Love the bold "U.S. Mail" emblem, front and center. It goes well with the worn yet tough leather. It looks like the postal worker got the Himalayan route. And she's still rocking almost 80 years later.
The vintage leather satchel comes out of an old estate in southern Minnesota. The piece is even inscribed "N.D. Snyder" on the inside flap. There's some other writing but I can't make it out (see pic). The rare bag was made by the Bona Allen company (see stamp pic). There are two compartments in the bag (see pics).
The vintage mail bag measures 13 1/2" tall, about 19 1/2" wide, and can expand to about 6 1/2" at the bottom. The leather is quite stiff and requires some effort to expand it fully. I'm assuming it needs some moisturizer. The front flap bends outward a bit. The straps are cracking and the cool rivets are showing some corrosion. The strap looks military to me. I'm not sure if it's original to the piece but it's vintage and in very good shape, The strap adjusts fine. As you can see, there is a patina everywhere...this is a good, no great, thing. Scuffs, scrapes, wear and stains. It all comes together. Love the look of it. I can't find any holes. Please see all pics as they are part of the description.
I ship FedEx to street addresses in the continental USA only (no PO boxes). Free shipping on the killer leather satchel.
Those postal workers were stylin' back then, and tougher than junkyard dogs. Wicked piece.