Another installment of these cast iron circles, this time from Saint John, New Brunswick.
Hard to say for certain, but I found this group a bit grittier than those in other places.
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like commemorative coins. lovely!
“Gritty” is a good word for them. Some of them look pretty beat up. I particularly like the one with the dripping faucet.
Liz, that’s a nice design element.
My home town. Grew up there. Fantastic architecture.
Saint John is a lovely place!
Oh and yes, Saint John is a mixture of grit and culture.
I love that once people took the time to actually design interesting manhole covers. Thanks for the photos.
I don’t see manhole covers around the US much anymore. And I don’t remember seeing any that were decorative. That’s a creative hobby to have, taking pictures of interesting manhole covers.
They’re usually pretty plain.
Some of them look like the shields from soldiers of ancient armies.
Anneli, I like that idea and spot on. 🙂
Tnx, Brett. I always find your posts thought-provoking and inspiring. I love art and history and your posts often touch on both.
Manhole covers are more interesting than I previously thought.😊
I loved this photo essay about manhole covers. I especially liked the one labeled aDSC_3912. Is that for oil for boilers? \
Jose, thanks. Not sure what the “bb” stands for but I believe the image is a water fountain.
They are an urban mandala!
Love that idea!
they are indeed gritty – and wonderful, and such a variety
Delightful collection of manhole covers.
I like to photograph them, too.
That’s great to hear! I’ve seen some other pics on sites from time to time but not very much.
What a great topic for a photo essay!
Who knew there was so many creative designs on something as humble as a manhole cover!
Cool, I’ll be looking down at them more closely
In Sheffield (UK) we have an enthusiast when it comes to drain/manhole/access covers and several times a year he takes people on walks exploring the covers and how they relate to the history of Sheffield and the local area. He calls the walks Drainspotting and has published a book of the same title. He knows his subject and has clearly done lots of research. I have been on one of his walks and it was fascinating. A history revealed by something that most of us might take for granted and pass by without a thought. I posted some images from last years walk on the link below if you are interested.
Mr C 🙂
and should you be interested here is the link to Calvins Drainspotting book:
Excellent! Thanks for sharing this info and the links. Nice pics, by the way!
I checked out the Sheffield drainspotting link. So interesting!
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What an interesting project!
That’s a lot of variety for one city. I suppose that I thought the manhole covers would all be pretty much the same for any particular city.
It’s definitely more variety than might be expected for something so basic!