Thursday Doors – 14

Door to an Era

Once again I will tie this post thematically to my earlier Monday Window offering. There I presented arched windows. Here is just one door, but it is a historic door that could tell glorious tales.

The door is to the Savannah Cotton Exchange building. Way back in the late 18th century, working near Savannah,  Eli Whitney came up with a machine that separated seeds from cotton fibers, the “cotton gin”. This invention revolutionized cotton production and propelled the American South into preeminence in cotton exports. The new economy changed the course of history, as it reinvigorated slavery leading to the American Civil War, and made the South and Savannah  a world power.

Toward the end of the 19th century Savannah was the “Wall Street of the South”. The center of this power resided in the building featured here, “King Cotton’s Palace”. Just a few decades later, in the 1920s, a small insect, the boll weevil, devastated cotton growing and ended the cotton era of the South. Sic transit Gloria.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. The activity is conducted by Norman Frampton.

Also see my Monday Window series


© 2016 Ludwig Keck

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8 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – 14

      • Even though I lived here in the US for more than 3 decades, for a Dutchman (woman) the culture of the South is still kind of mysterious to me -which cases me to “translate” things in the way I know them ( guess is the Revival period refers to the revival of the Romans and Greeks, which is the Renaissance). Have a great weekend!

      • Haha, Do keep in mind, Jesh, that the USA is a very young country. History here didn’t start until very recently 😉 The Cotton Exchange was built in 1886 when there was much adoration of the classical period.

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