under the asphalt

peebles block portsmouth ohio
Paving bricks are larger…typically 9 ” by 4 “, and much heavier.  One paving brick weighs almost 10 lbs each.  They have at least twice the “crush strength” of typical bricks, and are fired at a higher temperature, which results in an exterior coating that makes them more impervious to water.–Keith

(in the course of infrastructure changes on W Main some of Charlottesville’s old road history is unearthed, paving brick)

Author: WmX

I stumbled off the track to success in 1968, started chasing shadows that summer. Since then, In addition to farm-laborer and newspaper photographer my occupational incarnations include dishwasher, janitor, retail photo clerk, plumber, HVAC repairman, auto mechanic, CAT scan technologist, computer worker and politico (whatever it takes to buy a camera.) I am on the road to understanding black and white photography.

3 thoughts on “under the asphalt”

  1. An oldtimer here in Ohio told me once that there were “hill bricks” under the asphalt on one of our streets. Hill bricks were supposedly beveled on the edge so that horses wouldn’t slip on rain-slick streets. I could never confirm it.

  2. That’s the branch of my Peebles family that settled in Ohio. Let me know if you come across any I can have. Are they throwing them away?

  3. I have a walkway paved with those bricks in my backyard.

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