Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tire worn

Thirty four hole manhole cover

This 4 x 6 x 12 x 12 hole manhole cover is so traffic worn that only a portion of its original design is still visible.  

Monday, March 12, 2018

Squares and needles

Petroleum Heat & Power Co

Square diamonds and tapered needles make for a surefooted surface on this Petroleum Heat & Power Company manhole cover that is seen in the street beneath our feet.  The company was founded in 1903.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Color squares

Color squares 1

Tiny color squares seen at 1200 dpi reveal their printing process.

Color squares 2

Tiny color squares at 1200 dpi, with the color registration off, slightly, reveal the multi-color print process.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Reflective cover

Alley wall

Light from the security lamp in the back alley is reflected from the wet pavement and the manhole cover.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Reflective reflection


The building across the street and the sky and clouds and the utility wires are reflected in the plate glass of the store front window and in the curlicue-filamented light bulb.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Two rights and a left

C+E = ?

Are "C + E" still "+"?  Where are the two lefts and one right?  Questions permanently asked, but never answered  by the street beneath our feet.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Ring of rings

NY&QEL&PCo 12x24x24 ring manhole cover

This 12 by 24 by 24 ring pattern appears on a manhole cover of the New York & Queens Electric Light & Power Company.  That company is now part of Consolidated Edison.

No doubt when NY&QEL&PCo was consolidated into ConEd, Con Ed also acquired the intellectual property rights of NY&QEL&PCo.  Con Edison modified that design, creating an updated manhole cover with the Con Edison Co. logo.

Con Edison Co. 12x24x24 ring manhole cover (photo by Ming Xia)

This "updated" electrical utility cover was made in India.