This doorway separates two of the rooms at Little Shop of Laura’s, a secondhand shop on Broadway in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Among the ladies handbags hanging from the top of the doorway is a sign that says:
“Prayer Changes Things.”
The heart painted on the wall is one of many that adorn the walls of the store.
On November 30, I drove out to rural Noble County, Indiana. I stopped on County Road 250W, between County Road 275S and County Road 400S, and photographed the gravel road. I then made three landscape photographs of the harvested cornfields on the east side of the road.
This 150 foot long lighted Santa Claus with his sleigh and reindeer is the most famous Christmas decoration in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Originally built in the late 1930s to adorn the side of the Wolf and Dessauer Department Store in downtown Fort Wayne, it was lost after the store closed around 1970.
A decade later, it was discovered hidden away in a warehouse. In bad condition, it needed hundreds of hours or work and thousands of dollars worth of parts to restore it to functioning condition. A group of local electricians, including my grandfather, John Westerfield, volunteered their time to rebuild the historic display.
Nearly all of the wiring needed replaced to meet modern safety regulations, and it needed more than 40,000 small colored light bulbs! After the restoration was completed in the early 1980s, Santa was put back on display on the side of the Fort Wayne National Bank building.
Every year, right before Thanksgiving, Santa and his reindeer are assembled in sections on the side of the building, now known as the PNC Bank Building.
In addition to the Santa display, Wolf and Dessauer also had two large wreaths, also made of thousands of colored lights. They were found and restored alongside the Santa display, and both are displayed each year on other downtown Fort Wayne buildings.
Just eight minutes after I made the first photograph, I made the one below. The light had changed considerably, as the sunlight was dimming rapidly into night.
This is a wall in one of the rooms at Little Shop of Laura’s, a secondhand shop on Broadway in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The store’s owner, Laura Hancock, hired a local artist to paint the fanciful rendering of the word “Love.” Love is a theme found throughout the small store, which also has hearts painted on other walls. The day I made this photograph, the store’s front window had a large red heart painted on it.
The political statement stenciled on the side of the trailer says:
“Save U.S.A. From Socialism and Corruption. Elect Trump – Pence. Defeat Clinton – Bayh Corrupt Dems.”
The “Corrupt Democrats” referenced on the trailer were Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former Indiana governor and Senator Evan Bayh. Bayh left the Senate in 2011, and decided to run for the senate again in 2016. He was defeated by Republican Todd Young.
It also urged people to vote for several other Republican politicians, including Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb (misspelled S. Holcomb) who was running for governor since Governor Mike Pence was running for Vice-President.
This is one of several old semi trailers and cargo containers sitting next to Boyd Machine, a business on US-33, just north of the small town of Wolf Lake, Indiana.
I had also photographed this trailer earlier this year, before Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were chosen by their parties to run for president. Back then, the trailer had anti-Obama slogans painted on it.
This building at the corner of Broadway and Stophlet Street in Fort Wayne is home to an antiques and used clothing store called “Little Shop of Laura’s.”
In response to the 2016 presidential election, and all of the hatred and incivility that it has unleashed, Laura decorated her store’s front window with a big red heart. The bumper sticker inside the heart says: Make America Love Again.” The message of the sticker is a play on Donald Trump’s campaign slogan: “Make America Great Again.”
The store’s owner, Laura Hancock, also has one of the stickers on display inside the store, held by two dolls.
The tree is on a farm on the west side of O’Day Road, north of Washington Center Road, in rural northwest Allen County, Indiana.
The American flag leaned against the tree is a wooden pallet with the flag painted on it. A very popular form of folk art in Indiana. The rope hanging from one of the tree’s lower branches had likely held a tire swing.
This gigantic cross and suit of armor stand in front of Vandermark Signs, a sign company on US-30 just outside the small town of Larwill, Indiana. The knight’s shield says: “The difference between knight and day!”
This sign was also posted in front of Vandermark Signs: “Thieves Used To Loose Their Hands.”
I’m certain they meant that thieves should LOSE their hands, not LOOSE them (How do you LOOSE a hand??). Shouldn’t good spelling be a given at a sign company? Interesting that a Christian business would have a sign calling for thieves to have their hands cut off. That is an Islamic punishment!
This old house is on the east side of Walnut Street (State Road 19), across the street from Etna Elevator Company, in the small town of Etna Green, Indiana.
Some of the front windows on the enclosed porch were boarded up with old weathered plywood. The residents had made small ghosts for Halloween and hung them from nails on the boards covering these windows.