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July 31st - Hardware

So many of the familiar landmarks and old signs are disappearing from the local landscape.
Every day I notice something has been torn down, painted over or demolished.
Whenever I drive past this place I expect it to be the last time.
So I took this photo as a precaution.
It's an old fashioned hardware store.
It's been around forever.
This is the kind of place where you'll find exactly what you need that you couldn't find in the big home centers.
The kind of place where you walk up to the counter and say "I need one of these..."
and the guy behind the counter can lead you right to the shelf and the little drawer for that special bolt and nut...
So, in a way, this photo is nostalgia and preservation all rolled in to one.
There's even a sister automotive parts store on the same block:

Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel
1/125s f/13.0 at 28.0mm iso100 full exif

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Jackdad02-Aug-2006 22:53
it's a very evocative sign!
Guest 02-Aug-2006 00:19
Nice image :O)
Bob B.01-Aug-2006 02:35
The country is being Walmartized. Everything is in a big box store now. The "Pioneer(s)" are history. Nice image!