I pass many road-side mailboxes along country lanes that come in all types of designs and colors. Most are the metal gray or black boxes all rusted and worn.
One of the older types of mail boxes, that I rarely see anymore, are the very large metal ones. I feel they are near extinction in central Kentucky. Because of their rarity these large boxes have reached a collectible status in these parts.
Perhaps there is just not the amount of mail being delivered any more so the big boxes are being taken down -- being replaced by the small standard ones. I am sure that online emails are a contributor to reducing the usual amount of mail being delivered to households.
The big metal mailboxes certainly add a charm to the countryside. I'd like to have one just for its reminder of when, as a young wife, I used to anticipate the mail- man's delivery to my big box by the side of the road.