from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A vertical mailing-tube, having a glass front, erected in a hotel or office-building, and passing through all or several floors; a chute for letters.


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  • "The most expensive apartment we looked at had a mail-chute," said my husband, thoughtfully, after a moment of silence.

    At Home with the Jardines

  • We discovered these things by degrees, and gradually I came to feel that my mail-chute was the only real, continuous luxury we had gained with this awful rent.

    At Home with the Jardines

  • But, when Lucille wrote letters, she just stepped out of the suite and dropped them in the mail-chute attached to the elevator.

    Indiscretions of Archie

  • And the instant I did that, the girl on duty at the stamp-window would have gone to the mail-chute to get the letter and read the address.

    Kindred of the Dust

  • Jackson Wylie, Sr., did not really come to until he had reached the street; even then he did not know whether he had come down the elevator or through the mail-chute.

    Laughing Bill Hyde and Other Stories

  • You couldn't help remembering that I'd been a city girl and imagining that prairie-life was a sort of penance I was undergoing before passing on to the joys of paradise in an apartment-hotel with a mail-chute outside the door and the sound of the Elevated outside the windows.

    The Prairie Mother

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