A Field Guide to New York City Manhole Covers


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From the omnicient Walter Grutchfield we learn that Braunfels, Browning & Co were hardware dealers from 1906 to 1926. After the death of George Braunfels, the company re-incorporated as Browning Brothers Hardware (see below).


Braunfels, Browning and Co were hardware dealers, not makers, and the design on their coal-hole covers was essentially the same as offered by several other dealers in upper Manhattan.


Coal was delivered directly from a truck to a basement bin or sidewalk vault.


This is the only Braunfels Browning cover I have encountered;mid-block on Fifth Ave between 128th ad 129th Sts. There may well be more.

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