Ivy Hollow, Rural Free Delivery Post Office - HBS Creatin' Contest 2019

by brae  

Rural Free Delivery has come to the village of Ivy Hollow! Mr. McCants and his trusty equine companion Jebediah will make sure your mail arrives at your home safely and in a timely manner. Register your address at the local post office today!
RFD - Rural Free Delivery - transformed the landscape of rural towns by removing the arduous chore of traveling long miles to the post office as well as providing greater access to goods and services. Mail order increased purchasing options for individuals and fueled business. Mail carriers were responsible for providing their own wagons and horses, having to traverse poor roads in all types of weather. RFD eventually led to the Rural Post Roads Act, which further developed rural communities by improving roads.

I set my post office in 1917, a number of years after the advent of RFD. The mail wagon passenger cabin was scratch built and fitted over a doctor's buggy kit chassis. Jebediah the horse started as a plastic Breyer model.


These are the final photos I narrowed down to, and I had to pick four to submit. I love how the wagon turned out. :D I'll finish up the how-to posts on it in the weeks to come.

I packed a lot into this tiny building.

Postal cat! :D

I didn't get to making my own harness, but Tiki from Kulp Model Horse Store saved me at the last minute. I do still plan to make my own.

The tiny postcard is a replica of the original inspiration.

I'm thoroughly exhausted, so the long recap post will have to wait. Thank you to HBS, and thanks to everyone for all the support and encouragement! :D


Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]
Oh my! Your painstaking research and attention to detail have made for a simply stunning entry. Just wonderful!
12/16/19 @ 22:56
Comment from: Debora L. [Visitor]
Lovely! Great job!
12/16/19 @ 23:02
Comment from: Sherrill [Visitor]
Beautiful job! Thank you so much for including all your research, now I know about early mail delivery.
12/17/19 @ 01:39
Comment from: Sheila Lester [Visitor]
Oh it's wonderful! I love it! I know you're going to do great!
12/17/19 @ 03:53
Comment from: Martha Hansen [Visitor]
So fun to follow your progress! Thank you for sharing. Good luck in the contest!
12/17/19 @ 12:31
Comment from: Kamelia [Visitor]
This is amazing. I'm delighted with all the details and perfection in making. This is a masterpiece. I love the photo of the interior from above. And the one with the cat. It's wonderful to watch the final effect. It's like travelling in time.
12/18/19 @ 06:16
Comment from: Jeanne [Visitor]
12/18/19 @ 07:24
Comment from: Jodi [Visitor]
Such a delightful project in every aspect, Brae! It's so enjoyable to look at every facet of the whole and I am excited for the in depth post to come! Rest up, though! I know the last couple weeks you have been burning up the midnight oil to make the deadline!
12/18/19 @ 16:36
Comment from: Linda Ford [Visitor]
Oh Brae, this project turned out so unique and yes, love that horse for sure. Well done.
12/19/19 @ 14:21
Comment from: marilyn [Visitor]
Utterly perfect and inspiring work. This has turned out to be an absolutely beautiful and, at the same time, wonderfully interesting piece of work. I thank you on many levels and will go back to the photos again and again. How you choose four to enter the competition I have no idea. Someone really needs to see it in person to appreciate the detail fully. Lots of luck.
12/19/19 @ 15:27
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]
MOST IMPRESSIVE!!! Your attention to the tiniest details is bar none! There's Loads of atmosphere on the outside as well as inside your cosy post office- Congratulations Brae on getting it completed and Wishing you all the best! :D
12/28/19 @ 08:24
Comment from: MiniJoy [Visitor]
I always enjoy your methodological approach to your projects and how you really share your process. Congratulations on the finished project!
12/30/19 @ 15:02
Comment from: Kristine [Visitor]
Congratulations Brae! I'm very late catching up but what a delight! This scene looks like the perfect moment frozen in time... You simply are the best storyteller! I love that you did a fall tree and really played up the green colour everywhere. And its so great that you can see in through the screen on the front door even when it's closed. I'm amazed at the wagon!! Wow you did that all by hand and it looks just like the ones at the museum you went to!! I'm sure the judges will love this piece! So happy for you :D
01/01/20 @ 14:49
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :>>

All your words of encouragement mean so much to me! :yes:
01/31/20 @ 14:25

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