From the Archives–No. 1 – #ThursdayDoors

This is the exit from New Haven’s Union Station to the taxi stand. I always liked this photo.

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been spending some time organizing digital photos. I’ve made a good amount of progress, but only on the basic goals. The ultimate goal, to have the best photos in a searchable online storage repository remains elusive. I hope to have things figured out well enough to write about the project on Monday. For today, I’m sure you’ve already guessed, I’m sharing a few of the interesting doors I found in the virtual shoe boxes.

Several photos are from a trip David Pennington and I took on the Green Mountain Railroad in 2006. Our train left from Chester, Vermont and wound its way along rivers and waterfalls. David and I are both fans of trains, so riding in a restored coach being pulled by a historic locomotive was probably enough. The scenery was the icing on the cake.

A few other photos are from the AIIM Conference in Philadelphia in 2006. There’s also a photo from the AIIM Conference in Boston. That conference was two years later, but this is what happens when photos are neglected for a dozen or so years.

Of course the reason for setting these photos aside, in addition to the good memories that brought back, was to prepare a post for Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors – the fun weekly bloghop featuring doors from around the world. Each week, Norm gathers door enthusiasts from all over the planet and asks them to link their doors to his. To see Norm’s doors, and the links to all the other doors, ride the rails up to Norm’s place.

If you’re interested in more details, the pictures are described in the gallery. Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great weekend.


  1. Love the shot from back of train. The “modern hardware/historic general” made me laugh. My husband worked for years in Feinsod’s Hardware, a ServiStar store. The owner had three stores in Port Chester and Rye, NY and Greenwich, CT. Those three would fall under “modern”, but the original store, started by owners dad in a different location in Port Chester, would definitely be classified as “historic general”. It was crammed with everything under the sun, and that man could immediately lay his hand on anything you asked him for. Best store ever!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. I’ve been in a few of those stores, and I’ve met a few of those old men. Once, the clerk told me they didn’t carry what I was looking for. The old man asked me what I wanted. He said “of course we have that,” and gave me directions right to it.


  2. Good morning, Dan. I’m glad you did this. It’s fun to sometimes have a hodgepodge. I enjoyed seeing the printing pics. But the trains (and inside) were fabulous. My favorite is the view on the rails from the back of the coach. Now that’s a picture that tells a story! I love that one. I’m still trying to put the brakes on my imagination. Hugs!

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  3. Enjoyed the new/old hardware store. We had a store in Port Aransas with a sign over the counter. “If we don’t have it, you don’t need it.” They usually had it. I loved the train photos, Dan. When I rode the New Haven line, all the cars were olive drab (at least I think they were) I loved the engine shot.

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    1. Thanks John. Our local hardware store usually has what I need. I start there most of the time. It’s quick and easy and the people are fun to talk to. It’s like a bar, all the problems of the world can be solved at that counter.

      Seeing those old trains is about the only time I feel like I was born too late. We get between Point A and Point B faster these days, but we gave up a lot for speed.

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      1. I agree. My father in law (deceased) used to work in the Carnegie Hardware store in PA. He knew everything about that store. He was a retired VP of the Pittsburgh Press and did the store for about 10 years.


  4. I always took at least a few minutes to go see the huge honking printers once AIIM combined with . . . On Demand? Damn, I forget. Amazing pieces of machinery and often more interesting than the folks I had to talk to (present company excluded, though I don’t think I knew you then).

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    1. The On Demand show was the best part of the show floor. I remember in Philly, seeing a big roll of paper at one end and bound books spewing out the other. I love big mechanical things. 2006 was my first year presenting at the old AIIM Conference and the first chance I had to meet you guys. Looking back, the people I met through AIIM were (still are) the best, even the ones who have moved on.

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  5. This has also gotten me reinterested in looking into an historic train the runs somewhere around Gettysburg, think it runs an hour to an orchard and then back. Or something. I always tend to get distracted by the battlefield.

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  6. The photo of the man walking in Union Station–I can see why that is a favorite of yours, Dan. Such a perfect capture. Good luck with the photo organization. I’ve been doing that with mine. First I created folders… is a never-ending project…..

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  7. Hi Dan – love the Tadpole playground … who could resist visiting that. But the door with the chap walking through – lots of thoughts there. Train rides … well I’ll leave you to that – though I know I’d enjoy the scenery …cheers Hilary

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  8. “What’s a pay phone, Grandpa?” You know, hanging out with you is getting me interested in trains. I deeply regret the local train shutting down to passenger excursions. And thank you for the pictures of the POD place where the magic happens. :)

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    1. First, I have to explain what a phone call is, then we can talk about land lines and pay phones. The AIIM Conference used to share a show floor with the On Demand Conference. It was weird. On Demand showing ways to print more stuff and AIIM trying to persuade people to go paperless. Watching them turn a 6-foot roll of paper into a couple of hundred books, was fascinating.

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  9. Organizing and categorizing images for (supposedly) easy look-up can be such a time-consuming thing. Maybe it’s just me overthinking it but I tend to get lost in the weeds whenever I try to set things up to my liking. I’ve been experimenting for years with different ideas and keywords and I’ve yet to find a system that’s totally to my satisfaction. Or maybe I’m too much of a perfectionist.
    I’ll hope you’ll write a post about it if and when you do end up with something you’re happy with.
    Cheers Dan :-)

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  10. Photo clean-up is like a trip down the proverbial rabbit hole. It’s hard not to get drawn into the many memories. I enjoyed the photos of the book printing process. Production lines fascinate me and the ingenuity that’s gone into mechanizing repetitive tasks. I probably would have stood there watching the page turning process for an embarrassingly long period of time.

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      1. I too loved watching the huge printing presses at work (this was a cheque printing facility), with the massive 600-800lb rolls of paper at one end, 6 ink towers to lay down colour, and printed sheets at the end.
        I do miss the hum of manufacturing. I don’t have a single photo from work. Cameras weren’t allowed on any of the manufacturing floors

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  11. There are some great shots in there! I really like that doorway with person in long coat, and very much like the general store, but I love the train shots — especially the one with the rear view. Definitely worth organizing :) Treasure trove, prolly.

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