I discovered some old fences while in the States this summer—first I found several beautiful antique fences on Hoyne Street in Chicago, and then I came across some in my suburb and in Annapolis, and now back in Lviv I have also started paying attention to them. In all three places—Chicago, […]Read More
Anchor Plates in Tallinn
A sampling of anchor plates in Tallinn.
Anchor Plates in Riga
A sampling of anchor plates from Riga. I especially like the ones shaped like anchors.
150-Year-Old Iron Gate in Tallinn
An old iron gate in Tallinn. The inscription says “W. Paech in Reval 1868.” Reval was the old name for Tallinn, in use from the 13th century until 1917. Estonia was part of the Russian Empire in the 19th century; however, Baltic Germans made up the majority of the city’s […]
Boot Scrapers in St Andrews, Scotland
St Andrews, a historic town a few hours away from Edinburgh, has its share of boot scrapers – including some rather unique ones. Finding other uses for these cavities — a sign that boot scrapers are obsolete.
Edinburgh’s Boot Scrapers
Edinburgh is awash with boot scrapers, especially in the New Town (built between 1765 and 1850), where just about every building’s front door or front stairway is flanked by boot scrapers. The boot scrapers come in various designs. Some are attached to the railings of the balconies, but most are […]
Iron Fire Escapes
Something that I haven’t noticed in Lviv and Europe in general is iron fire escapes on the sides of buildings. I read that the reason such fire escapes are a rarity in Europe is because European cities have a long history of fire prevention and safety and were always ahead […]