Inside the World of British Brickophiles

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I never imagined myself having the thought, “Wow, that brick is absolutely gorgeous,” but, here we are. Check out this fun piece from Atlas Obscura.

Frogs were first pressed into bricks in the late 18th century, to make for easier handling and allow room for extra mortar. A century later, manufacturers were stamping their names and addresses into the frogs, with lettering ranging from the primly functional to the wildly ornate. “It’s design for utility that often has a strange, imperfect quality that really appeals,” says Patrick Fry, a graphic designer who published a life-sized Brick Index book based on Harris’s collection. “It holds an honest story.”

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