When I moved into the house in 2001, there was a big controversy in the home-owner's association about acceptable mailboxes. The only ones allowed in the covenants were three particular wrought iron designs. There was an amendment to allow brick. After that went through, I built my own brick mailbox, using brick that the builder gave me, along with some "homemade" bricks with glass inlays. I made the bricks, the number plate, and the top stone, with mortar mix and glass "stones" you can get at craft stores (for flower arrangements and stuff like that).
My father-in-law once commented that the one thing about that mailbox was that it would still be there after the apocalypse. It turns out not to be so. With another layer of ice on the streets (seems to be a weekly occurrence, lately), a neighbor went out of control and hit it. (In case you're wondering, it was a Jeep with one of the steel cages on the front.)
In that second picture, you can tell the road is a sheet of ice. Nice, huh? We live on a curve, just to the left of frame in the second photo. Maybe we should put up some concrete barriers. (Well, I sort of had a brick barrier, before, but now I don't...)