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Monday, December 9, 2013

OLD DOOR ARCADE


At one time doors were not standardized like today's modern ones. Does that tell us something? Perhaps. Maybe it tells us that we have lost some of our uniqueness? These old doors belonged to commercial or public places -- some now vacant --  they hang like artistic ornaments. 



Old screen door to college's outdoor theater.


Old door of early church. KY


Unknown commercial use, Maysville, KY

Unknown commercial use, Mt Vernon, KY


Old bank door, unknown use now, Waco, KY


Old train station door, still in use, Maysville, KY


Old door, Grocery Store, Waco, KY




17 comments:

  1. Most interesting. I never thought of doors as a subject yet I saw one at the train station in Devil Lake, North Dakota last summer. Next time.....:)

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    1. troutbirder -- I imagine that the Devil Lake train station was unique. Vintage train stations have some very artistic doors that make me do a double-take sometimes, thanks -- barbara

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  2. Old doors are so unique. My house was built in 1940, and had two front doors because the house was a down and up apartment. The doors were like the bank door, with beveled plate glass. We renovated, and now have only one front door (with oval glass!), but I could not part with the originals. One now leads into the basement and the other (with my handwoven curtain over the glass) leads into a bathroom. They had to be cut down, but I considered resizing no sacrifice. Just part of the process. If used again they could be cut down to elf or fairy doors.

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    1. Joanne -- Interesting that your house was built in 1940 -- as I grew up in a home that was built about 1940. Ours had a lovely fan window near the top of our front door. I have a friend that has an old house with the large plate glass, beveled, in her front door. I am so glad that you saved and reused those doors within your home. Like how you use one for the bathroom door. Did you weave the curtain over the glass? thanks for the comment -- barbara

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  3. Barbara, It's a lovely collection of old doors & I'm glad you are preserving them through your photos. I had an old door on my old house (1920's)...That door lasted longer (never a problem) than many other products in my home from recent years. It did also have a lovely appearance & charm. Thank you, Rita

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    1. Rita -- Doors not only can add charm such as your door they are also metaphors for "entry" in our language -- such as the" door to my heart," etc. I once lived in an old farm house where its kitchen had six dooorways -- each with a special use such as door to pantry, door to storeroom etc. Every old door has a story I'm sure. thanks for the comment.

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  4. I love old doorways too. Thank you for sharing :)

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    1. Many box stores today have doors that automatically open. You don't even need to pull the door handle to enter. thanks -- barbara

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  5. Old doors and windows are magical -- thank you for the pictures!

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    1. Vicki -- What passed through and also looked out of these doors and windows -- only conjecture can tell us I think -- barbara

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  7. Well done, Barbara! I saw one of those fancy old screen doors hanging on an abandoned store recently and so wanted to just take it home. All I could do was take a photo to remember it by.

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    1. Granny Sue -- this particular screen door seemed so wide. Not the narrow type you see at your local builder's hardware. I imagine old doors sell well at your antique place. thanks for stopping -- barbara

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  8. nice collection of old doors. Over several years when I did quite a bit of foreign travel I took pictures of doors and once collected them together to print on fabric and make a quilt. I haven't thought of it for a long time and may have to do some digging to see if I still have it -- I think maybe not but if not I can't imagine why not. Hmm, you've got my brain buzzing today.

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    1. June -- If you find your photos I hope you post them. It would be intriguing to get a taste of international doors. I do spot them occasionally on some of the blogs I visit. Did you ever complete your quilt? That would be interesting to see too. thanks -- barbara

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  9. So evocative. One of my favorite bloggers who stopped blogging a while ago was Greek, and she posted photos of doorways in her country that were beautiful.

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    1. Hattie -- Oh, I wish she was still blogging. I would have loved to have seen the doors of her country. There are so many wonderful blogs on blogger. Some days I just roam around on blogger reading all kinds of interesting stuff. Aren't we lucky to have this connecting tool. -- barbara

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