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Some new photos from Fort Wayne
Old 02-22-2012   #1
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Every time I drive past this little white house on Covington Road in Fort Wayne, the wind is blowing this big flag across the front door of the house. A visitor would have to walk through the flag to get to the steps!

I made these photographs yesterday afternoon.
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Very folkloristic, you won't see this kind of patriotism in Europe. Here it is mostly forbidden to put up a national flag besides the few national festivities. Even wearing a little national flag on a button or sewed on a jacket would make you very suspicious around here.
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Very folkloristic, you won't see this kind of patriotism in Europe. Here it is mostly forbidden to put up a national flag besides the few national festivities. Even wearing a little national flag on a button or sewed on a jacket would make you very suspicious around here.
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Very folkloristic, you won't see this kind of patriotism in Europe. Here it is mostly forbidden to put up a national flag besides the few national festivities. Even wearing a little national flag on a button or sewed on a jacket would make you very suspicious around here.
Forbidden?

I live in Germany, and I can't imagine any such law. Germans are mostly shy about patriotic symbols such as the flag - but that has to do with their very own special history.
Except, of course, when a football cup is on.
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Very folkloristic, you won't see this kind of patriotism in Europe. Here it is mostly forbidden to put up a national flag besides the few national festivities. Even wearing a little national flag on a button or sewed on a jacket would make you very suspicious around here.
depends on country and region etc.
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Chris,

As always, thanks for posting your work. I always enjoy it. You do a great job of depicting the vanishing details of 20th century USA such as the bowling alley and the ugly side of today's society, like the ubiquitous payday loan places.

I can't resist bowling alleys either.

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Very folkloristic, you won't see this kind of patriotism in Europe. Here it is mostly forbidden to put up a national flag besides the few national festivities. Even wearing a little national flag on a button or sewed on a jacket would make you very suspicious around here.
By calling it "forbidden", you claim that there are laws prohibiting use of flags. Examples, please.

I live in Europe, and I do not recognise a word you are saying.
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The US government doesn't care if Americans fly the flag or not. Some people do, some don't.
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But there is Federal Law Relating to Display
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But there is Federal Law Relating to Display

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The US government doesn't care if Americans fly the flag or not.
But they care http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/RL30243.pdf how you display it, which is the same as in other countries; those countries are just more strict about who can, and when, and how.

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I fly my US flag as often as I remember to put it out...my problem is remembering to take it down at night...
There are probably another three homes that have flags flying in our neighborhood...
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Those laws are not enforced anymore because the courts here have ruled they violate the right to free speech.
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Amusing, considering that showing a flag is not speaking. I remember being lectured about those laws very sternly in Guam and American Samoa.

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Interestingly I'm starting to notice more and more Australian flags on show in my travels. I've been driving through a very small out of the way place north of Brisbane called Crystal Waters lately ... several properties have Australian flags out the front!
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Interestingly I'm starting to notice more and more Australian flags on show in my travels. I've been driving through a very small out of the way place north of Brisbane called Crystal Waters lately ... several properties have Australian flags out the front!

Especially since Cadel Evans won the Tour!
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Here's something I photographed in Fort Wayne this afternoon. Key Lanes is an abandoned bowling alley on Fort Wayne's northwest side. It has been closed for a couple of years.
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I made these photographs of one of the many Payday loan places on Fort Wayne's south side this morning. They were shot 5 minutes apart as the sun was rising...the light was changing rapidly!
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I made these photographs of one of the many Payday loan places on Fort Wayne's south side this morning. They were shot 5 minutes apart as the sun was rising...the light was changing rapidly!
The lighter ot the two has to be one of my favourite pictures ever. There is a je ne sais quoi about it. It just plucks a string somewhere.
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I made these photographs of one of the many Payday loan places on Fort Wayne's south side this morning. They were shot 5 minutes apart as the sun was rising...the light was changing rapidly!
Excellent photos, Chris. Sad to see these leeches invading my home state, though.
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Excellent photos, Chris. Sad to see these leeches invading my home state, though.
Thanks Dan. We've had check-n-go and several other check-cashing 'poverty parasite' businesses in Ft. Wayne for a while now. Probably ten years or so. Saddens me to see them too, but they're a symptom of the problem, not the cause.
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This old Lincoln Town Car stretch limo and the old motorhome behind it have sat under this old building on Broadway in Fort Wayne for several years. Part of the old building is home to a vacuum cleaner shop called Allen County Vacuum Company.

I made the photograph this afternoon.
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Great colors - I like this shot. If they had turned on the Christmas lights it would have been even better

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Every time I drive past this little white house on Covington Road in Fort Wayne, the wind is blowing this big flag across the front door of the house. A visitor would have to walk through the flag to get to the steps!

I made these photographs yesterday afternoon.
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Thanks David. It would have been cool if the lights were on, but I was happy with it. The colors of them still rendered well. A lot of people around here leave the lights up year round, turning them on only around Christmas, because they're too lazy to take them down each year!
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Another one of the Allen County Vacuum Company. This place always has a large number of used sweepers for sale on the sidewalk in front of the store. I remember times in past years when they had more than a hundred of them out there! I told the guy working there that I was surprised that they didn't get stolen, but he said that they watch them constantly through the windows and have stopped several would-be thieves.
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Nice work. I really enjoy your photos of the town.
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Nice pictures!

I think the flag-thing is intresting. Although it can send mixed signals, I think it's nice that people can show that they're proud of their country by waving the flag.

In Finland, where I'm from, it's a big no-no to openly wave around the finnish flag in any form, unless it's a national holiday or if you're a right-wing extremist. In a way I think that's sad, because that's not what the flag is supposed to represent. It seems to be the same way in Sweden, although I think people there just don't want to bother anyone with their flag, they're afraid that it might make the immigrants feel less at home or something.

When I lived in Denmark a year or two ago, I was surprised that they waved their flag at every possible opportunity, they're proud and happy to have the flag all over the place. I thought that was really nice.
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Nice pictures!

I think the flag-thing is intresting. Although it can send mixed signals, I think it's nice that people can show that they're proud of their country by waving the flag.

In Finland, where I'm from, it's a big no-no to openly wave around the finnish flag in any form, unless it's a national holiday or if you're a right-wing extremist. In a way I think that's sad, because that's not what the flag is supposed to represent. It seems to be the same way in Sweden, although I think people there just don't want to bother anyone with their flag, they're afraid that it might make the immigrants feel less at home or something.

When I lived in Denmark a year or two ago, I was surprised that they waved their flag at every possible opportunity, they're proud and happy to have the flag all over the place. I thought that was really nice.
That's interesting. When I first went to Sweden in 2002 I was surprised at how many Swedish flags were flown outside people's homes - more than any other country I have been to, including the US. In Australia it is very rare to see, but like Keith said, it seems to be increasing.
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That's interesting. When I first went to Sweden in 2002 I was surprised at how many Swedish flags were flown outside people's homes - more than any other country I have been to, including the US. In Australia it is very rare to see, but like Keith said, it seems to be increasing.
I was surprised when I first went to the USA some 20 years ago just how patriotic people were but the many porch flags were nice to see.
Around Australia Day and Anzac Day people flaunt silly little flag things on sticks, stuck on car windows and waving frantically in the breeze as the cars go by.
But one neat touch has been the advent of the "bikini" flag. Shaped, elasticised textile Australian flags that slip neatly over the side mirrors of the cars. They actually look quite cheerful and neat and just sufficiently understated not to annoy.
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Here's the sweeper shop in black and white. Might like this better than the color one, but I don't know. Still deciding.
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Whutnots & Doodads Secondhand Merchandise

This building, on Broadway in Fort Wayne, was originally a laundromat called Solar Sudser, but has been a secondhand shop since the laundry place closed. Whutnots & Doodads Secondhand Merchandise is so packed with old clothes, used electronics, and junk for sale that is it hard to walk around in there! I talked to the owner for a while and bought a book on the history of the Hatfield-McCoy Feud from her for 50 cents.

I didn't realize the laundromat had been closed until I noticed the old furniture sitting outside a few days ago after I photographed the Allen County Sweeper Company a few blocks north of here. The owner of Whutnots & Doodads said she's had the shop for 5 years!
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Cell phones killed the pay phone, but long before that happened, the walk-in phone booth disappeared in favor of non-enclosed pay phones. This beat-up old phone booth on Broadway may be the last one left in Fort Wayne. I have not seen another in the city in many years!

This phone booth stands by the sign post in front of Whutnots & Doodads Secondhand Merchandise.
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I saw this patriotic yard decoration yesterday afternoon, next to a house on Stophlet Street, in one of Fort Wayne's working-class neighborhoods near the old GE factories on Broadway.
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Great photos here! I love the light and the atmosphere.
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Great photos here! I love the light and the atmosphere.
Thanks, Herjulfr. Here's another one from the same time as the old car.



Like the photo of the old Chevy, this was part of my graduation project from art school back in 1998. This abandoned house had a happier ending than most of those I photograph. A couple years later, someone renovated it and it has been someone's home for the last ten years. It is in the Waynedale area of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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i like the bottom shot in the flag triptych, Christopher, because of how the end seam aligns with the bottom of the door, and the diagonal exposes the window lights of the door. as for the vacuum cleaner shot, i may (horrors!) like the color shot best. something about the contrast between drab environment and the colorful vacuums ...
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Not to harp too much on the flag issue but one thing I found fascinating when I came to this country was that the largest flag in town invariably is at the car dealership. This seems to be true everywhere I go. Probably something about limits on the size of billboards, etc., but not on the height of flagpoles.
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Not to harp too much on the flag issue but one thing I found fascinating when I came to this country was that the largest flag in town invariably is at the car dealership. This seems to be true everywhere I go. Probably something about limits on the size of billboards, etc., but not on the height of flagpoles.
LOL! Have you ever been to Fort Wayne? We have the same thing. Biggest flag in town flies over a car dealership. The thing is ginormous and can be seen from a mile away. The newspaper did a story on it when it first went up, right after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. If I remember right, it is over 50 feet long! The pole its on is something like 250 feet tall.

I don't know why car dealers do this. This is the only one in town (and we're a big city with about 20 new car dealerships and countless used car lots) with an outsized flag (many others fly normal size flags), and its got a reputation as the crookedest car dealer in town!
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Not to harp too much on the flag issue but one thing I found fascinating when I came to this country was that the largest flag in town invariably is at the car dealership. This seems to be true everywhere I go. Probably something about limits on the size of billboards, etc., but not on the height of flagpoles.
This is so true. And the funny thing about it in my area is that the largest flag I've ever seen is over a Kia dealership. And Chris, even though I'm a big fan of black and white I believe I appreciate your color photos. They show more of a stark reality to you hometown.

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Another new photo. This broken-down park bench sits in front of an abandoned school.
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The old sign for the long-gone Hillcrest Drive-In Theatre now stands in front of the abandoned Hillcrest School on Tillman Road, on the south side of Fort Wayne. When I was a kid, my dad had a Chevy Malibu convertible that we would take to the Hillcrest Drive-In to watch movies. I can't remember when the drive-in closed, but I think that I was pretty young, before I was in high school

The drive-in was across the street from the school, and the sign was purchased by the school building's owner several years after the theatre closed. He had the sign moved across to his property, and used it as a sign for a toy store that he briefly operated in the old school.

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