Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Manhole Cover Doormat

I posted a photo of a manhole cover on Saturday and incidentally, Eliane of NYC posted a great interpretation of it on her blog. Over the weekend, I found this manhole cover doormat at the Posman Books at the Grand Central Station. Apparently, manhole covers are quite the thing in NYC. Who would have guessed?

Do you have a doormat outside your house? What does it say?

18 comments:

Fénix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

I think you've started something here, Ming!

So, between just the two of us... Is Amédée as handsome in person as he is on the screen???

Josy said...

Manhole covers are quite the thing EVERYWHERE.

Here's my collection--> http://www.flickr.com/photos/7970314@N04/sets/72157601083856307/

There are several Flickr groups dedicated to the ubiquitous manhole--> http://www.flickr.com/search/groups/?w=all&q=manhole&m=names

And I'm sure an internet search would yield more!

Long live the manhole! Love the photo! :)

photolicious said...

Oh gosh, this is really cute! Sillyporeans don't use doormats because most of them live in high-rise apartments. There's no front porch or garden outside of the apartment.

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Olivier said...

il y en a de superbe à NYC, j'aime celui se trouvant à Union Square, il est marqué "In Direct Live With Another & The Next"
There are a couple of stunning NYC, I like the one found in Union Square, it is labeled "In Direct Live With Another & The Next"

oldmanlincoln said...

The thing you probably never thought of, is the doormat your show a picture of probably costs a lot more than those made out of iron that fit the manholes in our city. At one time there were a lot of companies who made these things and competition was keen. They were cheap and did not have built in aging.

Jilly said...

Well now, that's different Ming. I love manhole covers. We have some beautiful covers in the villages here - but very small, enough for a hosepipe I suppose.

No, I've no doormat but when it rains, then sheets and towels get spread around on the terrace in an attempt to keep the dogs - and me - clean and dry.

Paz said...

Well, this manhole looks a lot cleaner than the real thing. ;-)

Yes, we use doormats.

Paz

Sonia said...

Love that photo with the books all around! The manhole is beautiful, too!

Peter said...

I have a doormat, but it's very neutral - just a doormat!
I made a post a couple of weeks (months) ago of some sculptures in the Bercy Park here in Paris. The artist had used prints from manholes all over the world to make sculptures representing different nationalities. New York was represented!

marley said...

I new your first post on manhole covers would open a can of worms! I'm gonna see if I can find a good one to take here in Cheltenham,UK, to post. I think this door mat is cool. My doormat says "wipe your feet" on it!

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Oh for the love of food! said...

Hiya Bud! I can see how this manhole could look cool as a home decor item.
BTW, I've tagged you with a meme! Yup, you're it!

Sara said...

Didn't know manhole covers were the new in thing...but so it seems...

Don't have a doormat - live in an apartment building and not allowed to have anything in front of door.

Mary Hilton said...

Love the manhole doormat. Much more imaginative than my (beloved) geometric print thingy.

Keep up the awesome photos.

Todd HellsKitchen said...

I had heard of that doormat, but i never saw one...

• Eliane • said...

Oh my, shame on me: I've been quite busy and am catching up on my blog reading/commenting only now.
That's an excellent doormat. Like the fun aspect of it. I've seen it on a artsy/funky online store before and was that close to buy it. That was before my very simple and boring doormat got stolen! Unfreakingbelievable.

Keropok Man said...

my doormat has no words on it. it is illiterate so it prefers not to have any words on it.

hmm contrary to photolicious, i used to live in a Spore HDB, and all my neighbours have doormats. maybe we are the door mat people. haha....

Lynette said...

Ours says Welcome.

I like this doormat! I wonder if there are Portland ones? We've got some interesting manhole covers, etc. on the streets/sidewalks. I need to get to photographing them, don't I?

Thanks for the Flat Henry memory. I was calling this little guy Flat Christopher until I re-read his letter to us, so I went back to Flat Stanley. I'm going to miss the little guy when he's gone back to Mississippi.