Number 129

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May Margrit B. (Swis… on September 6, 2007

I love doors and windows. I imagine people going through these doors, looking out of the windows. How many have passed this door for the first time, for the last time? How many letters have been thrown into the letterbox, what were they about? 3 locks at the door?! Are the people scared? Who kicked at the door and why! Perhaps it didn't open easily. Are the curtains here as decoration or that nobody should see into the house? What are these three frames for? Glass paintings - Tiffany? An owl, a butterfly and some geometrical patterns? Done or hung up by someone who likes to have something, which makes him distinguishable as an individuum. Maybe the first things to be welcomed by? Or maybe done for selling. Is the little black arch painted? 129, a nice number! ;-)

It's fascinating how much a simple thing like a door can tell or how many stories can be heard. Thank you for this photo, Ryan!

Greetings, May

Ryan Calhoun on September 6, 2007

May, your imagination has a very wide-eyed quality, and your curiosity seems unbounded (both are wonderful!) and I'll always enjoy your comments. Hmmm...this is an antique shop, called Iron Gate Antiques. It's closed at the moment. Not only is the door locked, but the gate as well (the same iron gate shown in the next two photos). I stuck my lens through the bars to take this, and you can see the arch of the gate reflected in the windows.

The door only has two locks. The hole near the top of the handle is where the missing thumb lever goes to work the latch. My guess is the second lock was added after the original door handle broke. I don't think anyone kicked the door.

The frames hold stained glass. I think these are custom works, and they sell more inside. The third one is a flower. I really like the gate's reflection as it crosses the flower and the owl's eyes.

Thanks, May! Greetings, Ryan

May Margrit B. (Swis… on September 6, 2007

Oh, it's a reflection, I had thought about it for a moment. It's a lovely place and with the other pictures added it tells even more. I am so glad that you recognize these things to be special and that you can hear the stories as well. I love all works done manually and with good material. It's history, it's life, it's a documentation of times long gone, they are witnesses. I can feel the pride the craftman has put into his work, doing it, when he had finished it and caressed his work with a last touch to see how smooth it had become. These things make the old manual works so precious. Dearest greetings, May

Lilypon on September 7, 2007

I must admit I'm picturing cowboys with spurs and ladies wearing the ankle length dresses walking through those doors to purchase flour, staples and yard goods (ok I'm just watching Kate Elder's Sons...starring John Wayne).

So did Missouri have cowboys Ryan?

Ryan Calhoun on September 7, 2007

Thanks, Pam. :-) I think the Old West started in Kansas, one state to the west. Most of the land here isn't suitable for moving large herds of cattle. The grazing is fine in many places, but there's too many rivers for driving cattle cross country. There many have been some crossover in the western part of the state, but I don't know for sure. Greetings, Ryan

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