I’m posting two different, yet similar, photos of windows for this week’s Thursday’s Windows challenge on Sandra’s blog “By The Book“. A link at the end of this post will take you to her blog. Both of my photos are types of transportation, and in each case they were no longer in use:
It was sad to see this antique Ford truck just parked in a barn wasting away, with its front window covered in grime, and a bird’s nest in a hole in its roof. Imagine the stories it could tell: of the day its original owner proudly drove it home from the dealership; of the roads it traveled taking people where they needed to go, and carrying whatever they loaded on its bed; and finally, how it ended up abandoned in a barn to gather dust and debris. I’ve seen trucks like this at antique car shows, all cleaned up and meticulously restored, and boasting a hefty price tag if they’re for sale.These two Amish buggies were parked by a roadside fruit and vegetable stand, along with some other items that were for sale. One has an actual front window made from Plexiglass, side mirrors, signalling lights, and is bigger; it looks newer too. The other one just has the hole where a front window would be, which would be a problem when driving in the rain or snow that is common in the Midwest. Both of them have smaller rectangular windows along the sides for the driver and passengers, and across the back. The two buggies are also different, yet similar, and were both crafted to serve a purpose for the owner’s lifestyle, traditions, and beliefs.In many areas it’s not uncommon to see Amish buggies pulled along by horses, or parked with the horses patiently waiting while their people shop or tend to business. It was odd to see the buggies parked here without the horses that would have pulled them, and I wondered about the history of these two horseless buggies. Imagine the stories they could tell: of families they carried to church or shopping; of children bundled up against the cold, snug and warm, wondering why people pointed and stared at them as they rode by; of impatient people in cars who honked their horns until they could pass on the road; and finally, how they ended up parked among odds and ends of other things for sale.
Sandra’s blog, details of her photo challenge, and more window photos here: Thursday’s WindowsFollow @learning2hear