Manhole Covers

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If you read this blog you might already know I like taking photos of tiles. This post is about another photographic hobby of mine – manhole covers.

Here’s one from Amsterdam which (to my eyes) evokes a computer keyboard. I did a quick google to find out what Purator is – and found a website devoted to manhole covers!


So far, the Czech Republic is winning – two manhole covers of note. I think this one is from the quad inside Prague Castle.


This one’s just a regular manhole from a random street in Prague, but it’s a damn cool design, especially against the backdrop of the concentric intersected rings of the pavement.


Actually it looks like the USA (or LA to be precise) is a close second, though the manhole covers aren’t nearly as interesting. This one’s a pretty great nod to futuristic 80s vector art.

That one looks more square than the others. I heard that “Why are manhole covers round?” is an interview question at Microsoft. I feel like this is the one question I wouldn’t have a problem with.

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This one here is not really noteworthy, except for the clear pride that LA has that this manhole cover was made in India.

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Nothing to say about this one from Canada, except that the sun was nice and low when I took the photo.

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