Size: Large Duffle Bag
Recorded: October, 2016
Found: Timberline Lodge, Oregon, United States
Made: Oregon, United States
Material: Wrought Iron
The Timberline is an amazing lodge hotel in Oregon. It’s famous for serving as the outside of the fictional Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.
One of my favorite things about the place is that they have an historical curator on staff. The same person has had the job for over thirty years, and she’s set up a few places where artifacts are on display. This is one.
It was used once, but is no more. It’s the largest version of this technology I’ve ever seen, with most being about the size of an envelope.
They were once common, but when the 20th century came in, these went out. Except at Timberline, where they were still useful, at least for a time.
There are several of these on display, and if you look closely you can see little faces carved into it. But that’s just design—its function is told by its shape.
It could be used by anyone, but it was primarily meant for guests rather than staff.
Has nothing to do with fire.
Useful in winter and summer, but for slightly different things.
It’s a boot scraper, used in summer for mud and winter for snow. Pavement and a shift in focus has put most of them in retirement at Timberline. They were very common (and you can still find them) older cities, where they were traditionally placed outside to either side of the door. Horses make a mess, you see… Another thing leading to their demise is that soles are no longer flat, making them less effective. Timberline prides itself in having everything made on site by artisans, including these.
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