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I have a soft spot for door buzzers and intercom systems, especially the old ones. Here are a few local samplings.
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Anonymous (spe-95-151.Reshall.Berkeley.EDU): 26th Sep 2005 - 23:18 GMT
Ironically I just read Stein's "Tender Buttons" for class.
Amy: 28th Sep 2005 - 12:59 GMT
Ha! I love these. But I'm ashamed to admit that the taped-up one looks a lot like mine.
Tok tokkie a game played by children in which they ring random doorbells and buzzers, and then giggle maniacally in the bushes as the unsuspecting neighbours answer the door only to find no one there.
I assume the name is uniquely South African. And suburban. A tok tokkie is a type of beetle that makes a tap-tapping sound.
kc: 28th Sep 2005 - 17:05 GMT
wonder if the locksmith in the taped-up one is trolling for business? Or has already been and failed? the backdrops are nice, too--the layered paint, dried out wood, rough brick...
Peter: 28th Sep 2005 - 17:11 GMT
in my neighborhood in brooklyn, the locksmiths spam every house almost dauly with thsoe locksmith cards... i guess they hope that some poor sod will get locked out and give em a call... though when i get locked out, i just randomly buzz all the other buttons on my building til i get a neighbor to buzz me in.
but yeah, my street is constantly littered with locksmith's cards. and the funniest ones are the ones that share the back of their card with another company (usually a car service) for economy.
Al Aise: 28th Sep 2005 - 18:17 GMT
Where I grew up, kids would also put doggy doo-doo into a small paper sack, place said sack onto a mark's doorstep or front porch, light the bag on fire, ring the doorbell and run off.
When the mark saw the fire, they would inevitably try to stomp it out, and end up mashing their foot into warm doggy doo-doo.
I don't think that had a name, though.
jamie: 28th Sep 2005 - 18:29 GMT
come to think of it i'm sure they used to call it roly-poly fatboy jamie - roll him down the hill
joey: 29th Sep 2005 - 18:43 GMT
gg - you have a poet's eye for the exceptional, hidden in everyday life.
CartLegger: 11th Sep 2007 - 01:57 GMT
What a great collection of photos that I never noticed. A nuance of the city once escaped has now been captured by my eye.
Harry E.: 30th May 2013 - 14:04 GMT
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