Union concrete masters IV

Since posting my last set of OPCFIA union bugs from Local 594, I’ve found another.

This one, you’ll know by the horseshoe and date, is from Ensor H. Buel. I’ll put together his story soon. But this shows what happens to so many marks as the years pass. When the parking-meter post at upper left was installed the workers smeared mortar on Buel’s mark, then more damage occurred when it was cut down, and sawcuts on the right were the latest insult.

After years of observing our sidewalk stamps, I notice when they disappear. Some are wiped out entirely as a whole lot is resurfaced, and others die gradually by a thousand cuts.

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