Friday, January 16, 2015

Up the Street

This sort of looks like a 'ghost street', but it's not. Just caught on an early, lazy Sunday morning. It's  is a look up Fore Street. The New Hampshire granite building seen in the distance is the United States Customhouse. Built in 1868 by Alfred B. Mullett using the Renaissance Revival and Second Empire styles (whatever that is), it stands as a testament to Portland's long maritime history. One of my favorite restaurants in the city is situated first on the left here Fore Street and across the street is the Hub Furniture building. It's claim to fame? I think it has had a 'going out of business' sale for close to 40 years! I've been in it twice. Once with Dad way back, looking for God knows what, and another time with Elenka a few years back on a quest for a couch. The inside is frozen in time. It's the building that 'time forgot'. It's a museum.
A sale lasting about 40 years? 
Now, that's an amazing feat.

17 comments:

  1. I don't think we have any restaurants here that have been around for 40 years! We knock 'em down and start over about every 20 years!

    Your photo does have a rather desolate, deserted wintry look. I could tell right away it wasn't taken here. :)

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  2. haha the famous furniture store you were telling me about! that is quite amazing! must be good for business :) i love the brick sidewalk!

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  3. Now that's a sale even I wouldn't miss!

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  4. That's stretching pessimism about the future just a little too far, I'd say. :-)

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  5. We have some almost perpetual 'going out of business', but a 40-year record is still far away...

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  6. That's quite a record Birdman, but it's obviously working for them :)

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  7. It is a nice view of a downtown street in an old city. Looks comfy to me.

    I like hats, too, but these don't work for me either. Gimme a straw panama hat or a baseball-styled golf hat.

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  8. I love places like that. I think I would enjoy shopping for a couch in there.

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  9. Sometimes a Sunday morning is the only time you can photograph such streets!

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  10. I likke to walk through desert Streets early in the morning . there's a special mood , silence , and the promise of a new day floating in the air ..

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  11. It seems to be carpet stores here that have 'going out of business' sales for years on end!

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  12. A 40 year sale. I like that.

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  13. Now, would you call that a pessimist or an optimist? Dang! We can't last any longer! We're going out of business! Hey, what's this? Maybe we can pull it together! Let's go for another year or three! Something's apparently working though I doubt if it has much to do with truth in advertising.

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  14. I bet the going out of business sale signs wear out every now and then.

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  15. The street looks quiet and COLD!

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