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
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