A Field Guide to New York City Manhole Covers


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What A Year

Sometime in the mid-20th century, the Campbell Foundry in Harrison New Jersey started producing utility covers with this basic design (which in a later catalog is called pattern number 1049). There are variations, this one being a bare bones example except but for the 4 digits representing the year.
Can I see other years you ask? How about 1949 1953 1954 1956 1957 1958 1972 1983 1986 1992 1993 1994 1996 1997 1998 ...and maybe more!


A 12 spoke wagon wheel design with 2 spokes 'covered' by two bars creating a center space. The 4 numbers are the only inscription.


Water or Sewer Connections, I have spotted this design on covers ranging from 1954 to 1994.


Throughout New York in Public Parks. This one was spotted in Central Park near the Childrens Zoo.

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