Thursday Doors – February 1, 2018

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Quick Snap in North end Montreal

Thanks to a solid case of the flu that kept me in bed for five days in a row, I have not been able to get out on a doorscursion.

The good news: the worst is over and I am on the mend.

The bad news: complete lack of new material for this week’s post.

I’d had the idea of revisiting some of my previously used Italian doors; perhaps reworking them in old sepia-tones or black and white.

I may still do that at some time in the future but with my energy level where it is at the moment, that still sounds like way more work than I’m up for 😦

Instead Honey came to my rescue with a couple of shots of a very European-looking door that she found for me this week in the north end of the city.

I knew my sweetie had a good eye for doors, and I have to say that these shots are an excellent first effort at door photography. Who knows I may just send her out door hunting on her own more often 😀

Kidding aside, in North America we almost never put our handles in the middle of the door, nor this low. We usually put them completely to the left or to the right, opposite the door’s hinges, and above the height of the lock.

After all this time of photographing doors, I still have not been able to find any information on the origins or the design advantages of putting the door handle lower and in the middle of the door like this.

If anyone has any insights to contribute regarding this please do feel free to share.

As always, thanks so much for visiting 🙂

Et un gros MERCI mon amour – B-Zoo

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About Norm 2.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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71 Responses to Thursday Doors – February 1, 2018

  1. Love this door with the nob in the middle!

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  2. prior.. says:

    Hoping you are close to 100% and Norm, this was so sweet to see the door your wife found.
    and I am glad she left in the two lights at the top right and top left

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  3. reocochran says:

    I am sorry I rushed my comment and forgot to say, may this be the end of illness for the rest of the year for you and your wife, Norm. 🙏

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  4. reocochran says:

    I enjoyed this post and how you give your wife (Honey) credit for the special, uniquely placed door knob, Door. Norm, this was attractive and had us all curious. . .
    Thank you for stopping by to see my winter scenery the past few days, too. Smiles, Robin

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  5. Amy says:

    That’s a great door that Honey found. So sorry to hear that you’ve been down with the flu. I’ve heard that it’s horrible this year. I’m glad that you are feeling better and hope that you continue to find yourself on the mend. It seems very strange that the doorknob would be in the middle since I think that would make all of the interior mechanisms much longer.

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  6. Sorry that you had the flu. I only had the flu once when I was little. Cool door. Maybe the door was made for small people.

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  7. Found this on Quora: “Having a knob in the center of the door makes some more sense (besides the decorative value, about which I am mostly dubious) if what it actuates is a double bar lock inside, similar to the old school Fox Police Lock”. And there’s a picture: double bar lock

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Marian. I have a feeling most of the ones we see are more handles to pull on, rather than twist-knobs that actuate locks. Especially on a residence; I mean that’s a lot of ugly hardware I wouldn’t want on the inside of my door 😉
      I’m gonna keep researching this a bit more.


  8. Jennie says:

    This is worthy of a door post, Norm. How unique! Thank you for sharing. See, things happen for a reason. Had it not been for the flu, you may not have discovered this door. Glad you’re on the mend!

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  9. Oh, I’m so sorry you came down with the flu, but I’m so happy to hear the worst is over and you’re on the mend! I’m hoping you continue to improve and are back to your old self by next week’s post!
    Did you have the same strain that’s going around here? I’ve been a little paranoid about it and public places this flu season and avoiding them. I’m even using eCart to do my grocery shopping so I don’t have to go into the store or touch a shopping cart.

    I love that door and the “eye”. You’re right we in North America don’t do this with our knobs.
    It’s a very unique look.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Deborah. Yes I assume it’s the same strain that’s going around. Got my flu shot in November and it still knocked me on my butt for a week. Much better now though 🙂
      In the meantime my research on center-position door knobs continues.

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  10. So sorry to hear you were sick with the flu. Glad you are on the mend.So nice of your honey to get out there and find an interesting door! I like it.

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  11. Aimer Boyz says:

    Great door. The doorknob looks more decorative than useful. A part of me is just itching to smack a coat of paint on that door, but … it tells more of a story the way it is 🙂

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  12. Ally Bean says:

    I’m just going to say, for the record, that I don’t like that door knob in the middle of the door. Unless there’s some amazingly clever reason for it being there… I don’t like it.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      I agree Ally. I just can’t figure out why they designed it like this. I keep telling myself it’ll all make sense once I find out the reason, but whatever it is, it’s just not obvious to me.

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  13. Tara says:

    Glad you’re feeling better. And I love the teamwork. Yay, Honey! Cool doors.

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  14. Maybe the door is hinged at the top and it lifts up. OK… probably not 🙂

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  15. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    I’m glad you’re feeling better. The flu is no fun.

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  16. JT Twissel says:

    Sorry to hear about your illness! Honey deserves the ThursdayDoors’ Medal of Valor award!

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  17. I love the door. And the center-placed knob. It was probably just a quirky idea from the owners/builders… But a good conversation piece, I should say. You’re lucky to have an assistant photographer to rescue you! Hope you recover fully and soon.

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  18. jesh stg says:

    Misery loves company, eh -am already limping around for a week with an energy level of zero, refusing to go to bed during the day. Being together with my grand kids several times is the culprit.
    By all means, that you are running Thurs. Doors doesn’t mean you have to take all the door shots!
    Hubs had his carpentry training in Europe, he says no reason for the middle, but customary. But …he has seen door handles n the USA also in the middle, (if the handles are pre-drilled) so the doors can be turned around if needed..

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  19. That’s a great door Norm, I hope you feel much better soon.

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  20. bikerchick57 says:

    Norm, I had a 24 hour stomach bug that sapped my energy and appetite for five days, so I can only imagine how you must have felt. Glad you have recuperated and are on the mend. Let’s hope neither of us revisit this any time soon.

    As for honey’s door, it’s fabulous! I think you should send her on more doorscursions just in case you feel like taking a break now and then. I would have no idea why someone would put a door knob in the middle of the door other than the reason my dad liked to give me on occasion…”Just so you’d ask questions.” He was quite the smart aleck.

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  21. Dan Antion says:

    That’s a very god door to feature and an interesting door for sure. I thought the placement of knobs and handles on exterior doors was covered by the Building Code, at least in the US. I can only imagine, in my younger days, being embarrassed while on a date and struggling to figure out which way that door opens.

    I hope you are feeling better soon, Norm.

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  22. dennyho says:

    I think the middle of the door knob is so pretty and unique. But, how functional is it? I do not know if I have ever used one so I cannot comment on this. But I do love the beauty of design, just as in this shot.

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  23. jazzytower says:

    Hi Norm,
    Glad you are feeling better😊. The first thing that came to mind was kids..they’re short…and they have to get in too😊. Perhaps not. I wonder how old that door is..


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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Pat. I’m not sure it would be for kids because most center-positioned door knobs are usually much bigger in size than what we normally see in North America so not exactly ideal for tiny hands to get a decent grip on.
      Having said that, I’m not ruling out any possibilities yet. I’m just gonna have to keep digging 😉


  24. Candy says:

    Well done, Honey 😉

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  25. I hope you’re feeling much better, Norm, and congratulations to Honey for finding the door of a dwarf who doesn’t wish to be obvious. This way s/he can easily reach the handle and open the door, but no one will know anyone height-challenged lives there. A true find!! 🙂


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  26. Hope you recover by next Thursday. The discovery of the week seems not to be this door, but another photographer in the family!

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  27. joey says:

    I’m thinkin Honey might prefer some air b-zoos for awhile… I’m glad the worst of it is over.
    It’s nice she found you a door 🙂 I love when people give me door pics!
    Now and again, I see handles like this, and I do wonder. Of course, I always think, “But it is art?”

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  28. Sherry Felix says:

    Glad you got a little help. Rest up and fell better.

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  29. Handsome door for a vertically challenged individual. Nice shot. 🙂 Hope you are feeling better.

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  30. Joanne Sisco says:

    You have a kind and loving wife 🙂 I wonder how many people will actually get the reference to B-Zoo? Thanks for the smile 🙂

    I love seeing doors with a centre knob – I think precisely because they are so unusual here. If there is an advantage to it, I don’t get it at all.

    You’ve had a rough go of things the past few months – first your foot and now the flu. I hope you’re starting to recover and will be back to full strength soon!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Joanne. You’ll find out for yourself soon enough that I am indeed a very lucky man; I’m married to one of the kindest people I have ever met.
      B-Zoo is how we’ve signed off our messages to each other for years. Two languages and lots of silly – that describes us quite well 😀
      I’m gonna keep looking. I want to know the origins and logic behind the centre-knob.
      Yes it has been a rough fall and winter on me physically but I’ve been careful not to push it. When I see things are going off track I recognize it quicker now, and I take the time to take proper care of myself so I don’t end up making things worse.
      So far – so good 🙂


  31. Help of this kind is always appreciated. This is an attempt at commenting to see if your blog is the lucky one. I’ve had trouble since about 12 hours ago. WordPress is eating my comments and they don’t even land in the spam section, I asked! So far, Dan’s No Facilities is the only one that lets my comments be. 😮 I’m really curious now what happens when I click ‘post’…

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  32. Corina says:

    That is an interesting knob placement. Now I’m curious, too!

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