There must be billions of them in the world. We pass them every day. We walk on them. We do not take any notice of them. They are heavy, and usually made of cast iron. They come in many different shapes, sizes and patterns. Look, and you will find them everywhere.

What are they? MANHOLE COVERS, that provide access to local service systems such as water, electricity, gas, and telecommunications.

Post photos of any interesting ones you find here.

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Comment by Valentine Mark Herman 43 minutes ago

FOUR FROM KATERINA, ALL FROM ATHENS (where Katerina is now living). THANKS, MOM KAT!

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman 21 hours ago

Thanks Heleen, and sorry to put you under (even more) presssure. I have sent the completed-but-for-your- contribution(s) text to the people who will turn it into a book, and told them that I may add a page or two in the next few days, so there is no great rush (ie you have all of 17 minutes!). Send me something when you can, ajb. I can use 2 cartoons -- one at the end of the Intrioduction, the other at the end of the photo section. Regards, Val

Comment by Heleen de Vaan yesterday

Sure I love to make something(s). I altready made some pencil sketches, though in the coming days I'm too busy with work and other tasks so time is a bit a 'thing'. Saturday evening and the whole Sunday I'll have more time, but I see you need it sooner, so I'll try to do my best to proceed asap..

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on Tuesday

Bonjour Heleen,

Thanks for the cartoon message. I'm not tuned in to the world of comics -- except for Asterix, of course!

I had never heard of Kauka and Fix and Foxi before. I'm not going to apply for a licence to use that cartoon, because it would cost me time and money, and at the moment I have not much of either one; I'm trying to get the Manhole Cover book finished this week so that it will be ready for my exhibition at the start of September. And, as usual, I am far from rich (or quite poor!)

As to your very kind offer to make me a cartoon/illustration, I would like to accept if you can get me something by the end of the week. I don't have anything special in mind -- I'm sure your imagination for these sort of things is much, much better than mine (and I'm not very good at drawing cartoons anyway!), so just send me something usable.

To help you, there are two parts to the book -- the first a short (about 3-4 pages) introduction to the manhole covers in their historical and contemporary settings (I can send you, via email a draft of this if you like: it's too long for IUOMA); the second about 120 manhole cover photos (including some that you have sent me) from about 100 cities and 20 differrent countries. I would put your cartoon/illustration between the two of these.

Can you draw something for me, please, in the next few days?

Thanks, in advance, Val

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on Monday

Hi Val,

Not every cartoon is Disney :-)

On the second picture you can see the description. The comics is named Fix & Foxi, by German comic artist Rolf Kauka.

According to the description this 'Illustration with Rolf Kauka's Lupo, Fix & Foxi (1954)' was made by Dorul van der Heide and Werner Hierl. And it is copyrighted by Rolf Kauka's Comicosmos Establishment.

If you don't get a license, I could make some other illustration for the book. You just have to send me a message with your wishes / mention how the skater and the bystanders must look like, and I'll make you some sketches of which you can choose one which I then shall work out :-)

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Comment by Raphael Nadolny on Monday

Somewhere in Warsaw ....

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on Sunday

Thanks Heleen,

That's a great skating cartoon.

I'd love to use it on the cover of the manhole book I am writing.

Do you know if it's from a Disney cartoon book?

If it is, then I could either 'steal' it and hope that I don't get caught and that the Disney Empire doesn't catch me; or I could ask that Empire for pemission to use it, which would probably take a long time to get a response, and if it was positive then cost me a lot of money for image rights.

Quelle dillema!

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on Saturday

(Don’t know why the second photo is across, maybe iuoma hopes the roller skater this way is prevented from falling into the hole?)


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