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October 23, 2010

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There was a time, maybe from the 1950s to as late as the '70s, when handy folk dolled up their garage doors with a variety of geometric patterns. My guess is it started with seeking a use for interior wood trim stubs, but a quick search of the collective memory reveals that the effect was eventually buyable right out of the box--or better yet installed. I've been photographing them in Seattle for years but Chicago, being more intact and continuous in general, exhibits many more and finer examples. People here also take greater pride in their Halloween decorations. Even the fire hydrants look better.