Squirl's Nest

Monday, November 06, 2006

Personhole Covers

Last summer, before we moved from Grand Rapids, I noticed that there were a lot of different types of manhole covers around town. Just before we moved I got out there and finally got some shots.

With the move, and the deaths in the family, I haven't gotten my act together until now to post them.

This is the one that got me started. I love the pattern. I also like the partially uncovered cobblestone around it.
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I liked the rust and the cobblestone on this one.
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I agree with my sister that Ameritech is kinda artsy.
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This one has a picture of the Calder and I thought it was kinda cool, so I included it.
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This one's kinda cool, too.
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And here's the guy who encouraged me to take these pictures. It's in this set because the bottom step is metal.
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If you want to see more of these, you can go to Flickr and check out the set.

26 comments

Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Plus, Ichabod's wearing his antique metal-grate codpiece here.

I love this set of pics. I wouldn't want to live in GR, but there's a lot to photograph there.

Mon Nov 06, 07:19:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

I didn't think it showed...

Yes, many neat pictures, but not my favorite place to live.

Mon Nov 06, 07:22:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

So, like, you have to THROUGH that one to get to the City of Grand Rapids? And why are we calling the Bod of Ich a personhole? And when are you going back to do some rubbings of these so's you can decorate an entire wall?

Mon Nov 06, 08:37:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Mr B, it's kind of like "follow the yellow brick road", or, um, something.

The Bod of Ich is a person. And we're all in trouble if we don't have a hole, right?

I hadn't thought about doing rubbings. Since the move, I have been slowly sorting through things. I found the "rubbings" I did in Boston. The really old tombstones were being destroyed by people doing rubbings so a local museum had replcas of the old stones that you could rub.

Mon Nov 06, 08:42:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

"tombstones were being destroyed by people doing rubbings"? What they hell were they rubbing them with? Yeah, never mind, I don't wanna know.

Mon Nov 06, 09:14:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Yeah, well, maybe neither of us really wants to know...

Mon Nov 06, 09:17:00 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

The Ameritech cover reminds me of tire tread. Very interesting pics and I'm glad you included the metal step. It definitely fits in. What a cool topic to photograph. I'll bet I'm not the only person who somehow misses the interesting details while walking down the street. -- Or, I don't know, maybe I am. ???

Tue Nov 07, 02:37:00 AM  
Blogger hellokittn said...

Those turned out fantastic! What happened to the mushroom shots and other ones we took that night? Forgot all about tit. I should do one on the metal plates on the sidewalks. That would be keen.

Tue Nov 07, 11:52:00 AM  
Anonymous LadyBug said...

I love the title. Hee.

Cool photos. I'll have to check out the rest when I have a bit more time.

Tue Nov 07, 12:42:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Lynn, I've learned to "see" better since I got the camera. All of these things were there before, but now I see them all as pictures. It helps.

Kittn, that was the same day. I just wanted to make this an all metal set/post. It was a really fun walk that day. You should do the metal plates. That would be cool.

Ladybug, thanks! Please check them out. I know you have so much free time. ;)

Tue Nov 07, 12:48:00 PM  
Blogger Platypus said...

Squirl, that's a great set of pictures - who knew manhole covers could be so cool?! Keep 'em coming!

Tue Nov 07, 06:19:00 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

That was really unique!
I'll have to start looking ALL around me too. In our hurry, we tend to get tunnel-vision. Thanks for the wakeup call. ;)

Tue Nov 07, 06:47:00 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Wow! What a collection of manhole covers! I just hope so collector doesn’t decide to begin removing them and making a collection (as one of my almost delinquent sons did of street signs).

Tue Nov 07, 10:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

I like the set. It makes you realize the diversity.

Interesting how very few are labeled with what is beneath them (street lighting vs steam, for example), because once I saw the labels, I thought how helpful that would be to the workers who have to do repairs. But I guess they must find them okay without the labels.

It also reminds me of my favorite plate set into the sidewalk next to a drain in Boston that had a picture of a fish and the words "Don't dump. Drains to Boston Harbor." I always liked seeing that. I guess it makes my ecological side happy. :-)

Wed Nov 08, 07:12:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

OK, I KNOW I left a comment on this post yesterday. I asked why people paint brick, and then said I like the pic of Ich by the brick, or something like that. And it's not here now. Blogger makes me growl. But Squirl photos make me smile to make up for it. These are very cool. I swear you need to submit some of your photos as a pictoral tour of the town and countryside. Some chamber of commerce brochure would pay you.

Wed Nov 08, 09:07:00 PM  
Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...

Those are so cool. I love it when there is beauty in everyday things.

Thu Nov 09, 12:17:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Platypus, thanks! I don't know how I'll follow up that set, especially since we'ved moved. I'm sure we'll be back occasionally. The drive over there isn't that far.

tshsmom,you are so welcome, and thank you. I swear that I do see the world in a different way since I got my digital camera. Before that, I just took pictures when we went on vacation. And I can't say that those were original or creative. Having the blog has helped, too. I just love to hear what you folks think, too. Sometimes I'll think a picture is really cool and unique, and it hardly gets a comment. Then I'll post one for the heck of it and you guys just love it. It's all so much fun.

SS Nick, a buddy of mine, when we were teenagers, had street signs up in his room. He hurt himself one time using a hacksaw to get one of those blinking lights off of a sawhorse. Not too bright, tee hee.

Danielle, thanks! We have some sprayed signs by drains that have a picture of a fish, reminding people not to dump. I like that, too.

Eclectic, I'll have to send that part to him. He'll get a kick out of it!

I know Blogger must've eaten your comment because it didn't show up in my e-mail either. And people loved to paint on brick. There were painted ads on the side of our apartment building that we could see after they tore down the parking ramp.

Thanks,Kranki! I agree. There's so much around us that isn't as ordinary as it first appears.

Thu Nov 09, 07:53:00 AM  
Blogger Nina said...

Wow, just goes to show you can find art anywhere.
We just have plain ole man/person hole covers here.
I had to refresh your page to see that you posted a new post. Sure glad I did. There were two that weren't showing.

Thu Nov 09, 10:44:00 AM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

COOL, now we're art critics! ;)

Thu Nov 09, 03:50:00 PM  
Blogger Bone Machine said...

I don't have a personal favorite, because they all kick ass.

Thu Nov 09, 07:28:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Nina, I have that problem with having to refresh blogs sometimes. I'm glad you liked the pictures. Are you sure that all of yours are plain? Check it, maybe there are some different ones. :)

tshsmom, you sure are and I love it!

Bone, thanks!! I appreciate that. I'm really clumsy so I tend to check where I'm putting my feet. So I guess it's not a surprise that I noticed manhole covers.

Thu Nov 09, 08:09:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Thought I'd come by to wish you a happy Sunday since there's no church this morning. ;) Hope you're having a great day!

Sun Nov 12, 01:23:00 PM  
Blogger Jon Cox said...

Oh those are cool!!!!

Sun Nov 12, 07:12:00 PM  
Blogger Bone Machine said...

I tend to look down so that it cuts down on me stepping in things that I would rather not step in.

Mon Nov 13, 12:04:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Hey, you look just like this drunk girl I saw last night! ;)

Tue Nov 14, 12:22:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Eclecti, thank you. Sunday was extra nice because I got to see my baby sister. I will answer your lovely e-mail soon.

Jon, thanks!

Bone, same here. I have a picture in my next set that I took for you to illustrate just this.

Bucky, you look like a drunk girl I saw recently, too. Hmmm....

Tue Nov 14, 08:07:00 PM  

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