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Cool Idea: New Orleans Water Meter Doormat

Anyone who's ever lived in New Orleans recognizes the starry, art-deco design of the city's water meter lids. Designed by Edwin Ford in the early 1920s, the crescent moon and stars became so sought after that people actually used to pilfer them, so much so that for a time the city tried to replace them with plain ones to try to stop the theft. Nevertheless, the 85-year-old design has become an iconic symbol of the city — along with the fleur-de-lys, of course. So, one clever local turned the groovy vintage meter cover into a Decorative Door Mat ($32). The high-quality, durable mat is as useful as it is nostalgic and charming, and you don't have to steal from the city to own it. Clearly, it's not for everyone, but it's a great gift for anyone who knows a thing or two about NOLA. Hint, hint.

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cko444 cko444 6 years
This is PERFECT for friends of mine who just got married. He has a lot of ties to NOLA and proposed to her while on a romantic vacation there. Plus it looks like a local artist makes them, so it's a way to support the city's economy. Great tip!
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