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Reply #30 - Aug 20th, 2018 at 4:31pm
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The things on the wall are probably worth more than most of the guns in the racks. Sure would like to do my decorating with that stuff. Be still my heart.... Tongue
  

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Reply #31 - Aug 20th, 2018 at 4:43pm
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Here is a quickie Photo Shop cleanup of the image. As the image quality is only so-so, there's not a lot to be done to improve it other than tweak the brightness and contrast plus throw some image sharpening on it. Some of the detail is easier to see though.
  

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Reply #32 - Aug 20th, 2018 at 8:25pm
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What I love are the built-in racks for customers to lean their guns in, guns they have brought into the store for whatever reason, and done so without a worry.  Can you even imagine any store, even a gun store, doing that today?

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Reply #33 - Aug 20th, 2018 at 8:40pm
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Looks like the dog didn't get the memo to hold still for a few seconds Smiley

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Reply #34 - Aug 20th, 2018 at 9:47pm
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Bill Lawrence wrote on Aug 20th, 2018 at 8:25pm:
What I love are the built-in racks for customers to lean their guns in, guns they have brought into the store for whatever reason, and done so without a worry. 

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Well, it's quite true a customer strolling in with a gun in his hands wouldn't have precipitated a panic (it didn't even when I brought my High Standard Double-Nine into my Jr. High shop class to make a holster for it!), but I'd assume most of these racked guns were guns for sale.
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Reply #35 - Aug 20th, 2018 at 10:30pm
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As often happens, once again, Redsetter, my lack of precision has apparently caused my point to be missed.  The racks I'm referring to are those that line the customer's side of the counter, apparently all the way around the store.

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Reply #36 - Aug 20th, 2018 at 10:44pm
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It wasn't that long ago, because I'm not that old  Wink the podunk town I'm from in south central Montana had a hardware store that had glass cabinets with the fringes like that.  I remember asking my father what these were for, or maybe my dad asked if I knew what they were for...  Raymee, the store owner pulled a greased up '03 Springfield from a wooden barrel and leaned it up against the groove and asked if I understood?  Never gave the picture another thought when I saw it thanks for a refresher Bill!
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Reply #37 - Aug 21st, 2018 at 12:04am
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Bill Lawrence wrote on Aug 20th, 2018 at 10:30pm:
As often happens, once again, Redsetter, my lack of precision has apparently caused my point to be missed.  The racks I'm referring to are those that line the customer's side of the counter, apparently all the way around the store.

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Now I see what you mean; could no doubt be used for that purpose, but more inclined to believe they're decorative trim-work in the fancy furniture style of the time.  Handy, however, if a platoon of blue-coats dropped in the store.
  
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Reply #38 - Aug 21st, 2018 at 10:43am
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I think you're correct Bill. Those are likely for customer's guns so they wont lay them on the glass top cases and break the glass.
  

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Reply #39 - Aug 21st, 2018 at 12:00pm
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I've been in a couple of gun shops that had shorter versions of them, never seen it go as extensive as this picture's version. I'll bet the poor guy that had to saw those boards and smooth 'em up  wished he had a saber saw and electric sander- Roll Eyes
  

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Reply #40 - Aug 21st, 2018 at 12:35pm
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There's a small fortune invested just in the glass cases and cabinets in that picture.  Glass didn't travel that far very well without breakage and was needed to fulfill the desire to isolate items from both customers and the clouds of dust present in those dirt and horse manure covered streets, but still provide transparency to let customers know what was available.

Must have been a lot easier to daily knock the grime off the top of a glass case than a hundred plus individual firearms.

As such, there is no doubt in my mind that the proprietor would do everything possible to protect those glass cases, as MG implied.

What a picture!

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Reply #41 - Aug 21st, 2018 at 1:11pm
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Thank you all for your comments.  And you may well be right that the primary reason for the "fringe" was to protect the expensive glass cases.  But whatever the reasons, I mentioned the "fringe" simply because there was a time when a hardware or gun shop owner wouldn't have thought at all about someone walking in with a gun in hand.  Fifty years ago that was even still true in my town, which had six well-established gun shops and at least as many independent hardware stores that sold some guns and ammunition.  Nowadays, those gun shops are long gone; all but one of the few hardware stores are national chain stores, and none even sell ammo; and the local politicians are ardently trying to get the local Walmart to stop selling that "dangerous stuff" (zero tolerance in all forms is the local rage).

Oh, well, I'm just a ludite who refuses to change with the times.

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Reply #42 - Aug 21st, 2018 at 3:39pm
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BL,

Perhaps I should have phrased my comment differently, (as usual).  I don't know that protecting the glass with the "fringe" was necessarily THE primary reason, but certainly A reason for what appears to be a well conceived and executed multi-purpose design element.

Regardless, few of us will ever likely see such wonderfully purposeful appointments in a gun shop ever again.  And yes,  it's a sadder statement yet that they would serve little purpose in today's changed world. 

Thankfully, this photo and others show up here and give us a small taste of what it was like back then.

Change, not always for the better!

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Reply #43 - Aug 21st, 2018 at 3:54pm
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Do you suppose those are kegs of BP on the high shelf on the left in back? And tins of primers in the close case on the right?
  
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Reply #44 - Aug 21st, 2018 at 6:10pm
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Chuckster wrote on Aug 14th, 2018 at 10:32pm:
Thanks. Don't you wish you were a fly on the bench for that conversation between Roberts and Pope.
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How many of us even own suits like that?
  
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