Thursday Doors – San Antonio Teaser

Decorations and plants around the entrance seem to be a common theme at homes and offices.

I’ve learned a few things about combining doorcursions with business travel, and one of them is not to worry too much about getting that first post out the door, as it were. Being in a city like San Antonio, that has numerous famous and / or historically significant places of interest makes capturing and publishing the doors challenging. That’s because business travel gets in the way, during and after the trip.

As you have seen and will continue to see, I know how to work photography around a busy agenda. Business travel, especially conferences like The AIIM Conference, tend to dominate the day. Sessions start early, and social activities run late. Fortunately, I can get up earlier than your average nerd, and I don’t worry about taking photos during an event. In fact, on the way home from the main social event of the conference, I stopped to get a door photo and the wife of the guy I was walking with said: “oh, you’re the door guy!” After that, she took on the role of door spotter, pausing and pointing out interesting doors. Reputation is everything.

San Antonio does present many opportunities for photography and almost any photo-op includes an interesting door or two. I did the things one does in San Antonio: Alamo – check. Riverwalk – check. Barge tour – check. I’ll gather those photos, organize them, toss in a few relevant facts and post those – after I catch up with the week of work that I missed, the week of dog-duty I didn’t do and put my laundry away. In the meantime, as the title suggests, I’m going to tease you with a collection of random doors.

Since we had some time off on the first day of the conference, I went walking in search of an interesting looking building that I could see from my hotel. It’s always a challenge to orient yourself when you get to the lobby after twisting around hallways to get to the elevator. Fortunately, I had a giant landmark to guide me. Unfortunately, a lot of the area around the building I was in search of was fenced off. It seems the area contains a bunch of government offices. The Board of Education, a courthouse or two, and lots of law offices. I never found the building I was looking for, but San Antonio is a colorful city with lots of interesting architecture, so all was not lost.

Speaking of travel, each week, our pilot, Norm Frampton takes us around the world in search of beautiful and interesting doors. The seatback compartment is full of interesting door stories and enough pictures to make you forget how long we’ve been sitting on the tarmac. The in-flight entertainment begins with Norm’s doors, but the flight attendant will gladly provide you with access to as many doors as you can view – no 1.5 oz. packet of peanuts from that little tadpole. Buckle-up, click the blue from and prepare to enjoy!

I won’t tell you how many door photos I have – I don’t want to scare you. Relax, I’ll try not to overdo it, and I won’t stack these up back-to-back. Today’s photos are described in the captions. You can hover over them or click on any photo to start a slide show.

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    1. Thanks Cheryl. There were so many doors that were either interesting because of the construction details or the colors. I may have more San Antonio doors than I have Pittsburgh doors.

      The heat? Nope, I couldn’t do it.

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  1. I’m mostly jealous to see you were in shorts in that reflection selfie. I haven’t seen my shorts in way too long :-)
    Though I’ve never been there I hear nothing but wonderful things about San Antonio. Your shots are a great intro. Looking forward to seeing more in upcoming posts.

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    1. Good eye, Norm! I had to go back and look, I didn’t recall seeing a reflected selfie in this group. Walking around in shorts and a tee shirt at 7:00 am was a real treat.

      San Antonio is a very nice city. I’m not sure I could take the heat, but I could visit again.

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    1. Women, yes – But no gang colors, bandanas hanging from pockets or worn on the head, baseball caps properly worn, no chains, no plain white tee shirts, no unbuttoned shirts and facial tattoos will be evaluated before entry is permitted.

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  2. What great photos, Dan. I especially like the photo (the colorful one) with all the reflection in the glass. Hotel Gibbs cracked me up! Mary is going to have to cater big time to the little guy now that he seems to be so famous!

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  3. I like the very first shot at the top of the page, Dan. “Bedlam” caught my eye as well, but I decline to comment (again) on someone being able to wear shorts at a time when we just got some new snow. Sigh. :-)


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  4. I am NOT showing Gibbs the hotel photo. He gets enough love, attention and fame as it is. But that is very funny! (I wonder if Mark Harmon owns the hotel?).

    Nice doors, Dan. I was in San Antonio once – sitting in the airport because a flight to New Orleans was rerouted there. Never got to see any part of the city or the Riverwalk.

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    1. I think Gibbs should be aware that a building has been named after him (of course, that’s the order of importance). As soon as I saw the hotel, I knew I had to snag that photo.

      San Antonio seems like a very nice city to visit. I wouldn’t do well with the heat, but if this conference goes back there, I think I’ll sign-up.


  5. Hi Dan. I especially enjoyed this since I had been investigating living in San Antonio at one time. I like how you started with the “typical” residential door. I agree about the architecture of the one near the end — really like that place. And the overall of the last one with the red door is very appealing too. A delightful post. I felt the sunshine. Hugs.

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    1. Thanks Teagan. I was surprised to learn that it’s the 7th largest city in the US. The sunshine felt good, until the temp climbed above 85 – that’s where I get off. I did enjoy seeing all the color. It’s hard to feel down when everything around you is bright and colorful.

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    1. Thanks Jennie – yeah, ‘the door guy’ stuck with me, but at least they’re reading. It’s funny, the number of cities where one direction from the Convention Center is an area you might not want to walk. I would definitely go back if I had the chance.

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        1. It’s true, Jennie and most “bad” areas aren’t really that bad. I felt comfortable walking through these neighborhoods. I said “hello” to people on the street and chatted with people at the crosswalks. We’re all people.

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    1. Ha ha – I think the availability of air conditioning would keep me inside without bars.

      When you start walking “behind the convention center” this is what you usually find. I think a block in the other direction would have put me near the bus station – another “good” part of town in most cities. It was a fun, warm walk. I must have looked like a tourist, but that’s OK.

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  6. Gibbs Hotel is a great find for the door group! I like the colors on that row of businesses, too. Also LOVE the letterbox.
    It’s cool you’re the door guy. I recently suggested my husband consider a job offer on the basis of “Good doors in that area” but he’s no door guy. :P

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    1. Priorities, where are his priorities?

      You will see in some of the remaining posts that your reputation for liking lamps also precedes you. I have a few photos where you can barely see the door, but the lamp is in full view!

      I wish I had paid attention to the letterbox photo. It was so bright that I couldn’t really see the display.

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  7. Hi Dan,
    You may have thought I’d given up on your father’s unit, but I have not. I recently received this reply and believe the final link, Eisenhower’s Library to be your best bet. GP

    Dear GP Cox,
    A good place for you to start is Record Group 407, Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1917-. A blog post by archivist Kylene Woods says “The first record group (RG) to look in for World War II unit records is RG 407, Records of the Adjutant General’s Office. WWII army unit records will vary in terms of content and completeness for each unit. Generally, larger units will have more documentation than smaller ones. Types of records that can be found include: after action reports, general orders, daily journals, staff reports (ex: S-2 reports), unit histories, etc.”

    The guide to this record group is on the National Archives site []. RG 407 is a large record group and is in different National Archives locations, which are listed here: The bulk of the records are located at the National Archives in College Park, MD. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park – Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at and provide the information in this reply.

    The Dwight D. Eisenhower Library holds the U.S. Army Unit Records collection, 1917-1950. The index to this collection shows some records dealing with the 478th Battalion [].

    We wish you all the best with your research!

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      1. No problem. Actually the harder it got to find anything on the 478th, the more determined I became.
        The information at the Eisenhower Library should be contained in :
        Book # 2 Tank Artillery
        Box # 301 and carried over into Box # 302

        Historical Records Section: 1-877-RING-IKE

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  8. So much to ponder, I need more sugar or maybe I really need less. Okay, I love the Board of Education building, the first door at the top with all the decoration, don’t want to live anywhere I need bars on the window, and I really want to order the mail box. Now, if you had just shipped me some authentic chili rellenos and a Corona with some of that special salt, this post would be perfect. :-)

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    1. Ha ha – thanks Judy. I wish I would have asked what that Salt was. It was good eating all week and the beer and margaritas were good. I wouldn’t want to need bars on the windows but if I did, I’d want them to look that nice.

      That mail box did catch my eye.


  9. Hey! Door Guy, this is a great post. First entryway is very attractive. I am in love with the letterbox. Liked the Board of Education building, especially the ‘tower’. I cracked up at your reflection in the glass of the door, and of course it’s a bar door! Lol.

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  10. You didn’t do well in not scaring us with your amount of doors! You have become Texan! The more or bigger, the better! So now I know when to send you a text message – at the tarmac:) Don’t worry: I’ve taken an oath not to text.

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  11. Hi Dan – what on earth is that box (big white thing!) in the first collage – looks like an electricity ‘thing’ – but wonderful views and oh great a fellow spotter for you … and so glad you did the main sights – looking forward to the views – cheers Hilary

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  12. You do manage to find some seriously interesting doors, Dan. Knowing you, I wouldn’t even think of asking how many door pictures you have. You have a very strong avid interest in finding doors. Yes? At least that is my observation. Another wonderful Thursday Door post! Thank you for all the “hard work” you put into these! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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  13. I was distracted by all the green stuff that kept showing up in your photos. What is that stuff again? It’s been white here for so long I’ve forgotten.

    My favourite is the mailbox with the horse on it. That’s the saddest part about the demise of the written letter – few people have cool mailboxes now.

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    1. Thanks Joanne. I looked that stuff up on the internet. Apparently, it’s what happens to plants when temperatures rise beyond a certain point. I don’t understand either.

      I do like the mailbox. I wish I had gotten a better picture. I didn’t think about that relationship between letters and letterboxes.


      1. I was out in the backyard yesterday and noticed that the stupid tulips (the ones that aren’t supposed to be there in the first place) have started to grow … in the snow … and are now several inches high. There is hope, Dan. We may see summer this year after all!

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  14. You can tell from several of these photos you are out of New England! It was so much fun to see the styles and bright colors in the shop and other photos. The first door looks so warm and welcoming!
    I enjoy the cantina roof style on one of the last squares on on the right bottom of the collection.
    I apologize for not saying I liked the red sculpture in the first Texas post collection. This had a warm message but I forget about open hearts 💕 I think in Spanish.

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  15. I really admire you and even envy you for how you manage to write posts, click door pictures and manage your professional work. It is so commendable. I loved the Oh! you’re the door guy comment. Have you ever got a threat or warning for clicking pictures? Just curious. I and Sarah did get a few warnings because some people think we are from the media. Sarah usually captures the video while I am busy taking pictures.

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