Thursday, February 20, 2020

Brick makers

Brick makers would impress their bricks with their personal or company names, leaving behind a legacy of their work.


JJJ bricks bear the initials of Juan Jacinto Jova.  He came from Cuba to New York City intending to grow sugar cane.   That venture was not successful and he became a brick maker in Roseton, New York.


DFJR&CO bricks were made by the Denton Fowler Jr. & Company of Haverstraw, New York.


NBROS bricks were made by the Nicholson Brothers of Dutchess Junction, New York.


NASSAU bricks were made by the Nassau Brick Company of Farmingdale, New York.


EMPIRE bricks were made by the Empire Brick Company of Stockport, New York.

All of these were seen in the street beneath our feet, all in one setting.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Cacophony on the corner

Asphalt too!

Bricks laid in a 45 degree herringbone pattern add to the  cacophony of cuts, cracks, curves, and curbs that compose this corner.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Sunset afterglow

After sunset

What more can anyone want, if not a wooden light pole, two mailboxes, and a sea wall at sunset?

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Cement caps


"C" is for "cemented over"

 Most underground liquid storage tanks have been moved  above ground due to many considerations.  Their  fill pipes are often left in ground and serve as vivid reminders of what once was.

FUEL-OIL fill pipe

The eleven o'clock side of this FUEL-OIL fill pipe makes good use of a vertically stretched sans serif font to provide legibility.  At five o'clock is the barely legible "-35" portion of what could be a part or type number for this fill cap.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Encased in cement

Seen in the street beneath our feet, the iron that is encased within this cement sidewalk is leaching out as rust.

 Encased in concrete

 One wonders what is enrobed within the sidewalk to cause this?

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Still wet

Upheaval asphalt crack

Although the rain had stopped hours before, the lower areas of this blank faced manhole cover are still wet while the raised portions are drying.  The cracked asphalt seems to add a certain energy to this scene that was seen in the street beneath our feet.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Squares and bricks

 Square diamond 22 x 22 - 16 x 16 cover

This 22 x 22 square diamond manhole cover has a 16 x 16 square diamond inset.  If they were aligned, the diamonds in the two parts would match up.  The cover is outlined by several different brick paving patterns:  stack bond, 45 degree herringbone, and circle.