Theodore, Alabama. I have no idea.
posted by Christopher Walken in photographs | * | 24 comments
Theodore Alabama is a forgotten figure in the history of retailing. Just around the mid-point on the timeline leading from the dime store to the dollar store, there was the fifty-cent store. Theodore Alabama was its avatar, but Thedore Alabama was no Sam Walton, and thus the fifty-cent store was swept into the dustbin of history.
That is the _only_ sign on that building. I parked, walked around the building, and couldn’t figure it out. The little sign above it just says “Butler Building” or something along those lines. There’s one door in the front and a loading dock in the back, no windows.
Does anyone have a couple of quarters I could borrow?
I’ll shoot you fifty cents via Paypal, Dave.
Since it’s Alabama, I have to wonder if they have two for a dollar specials on weekends.
I’ve been trying to think of a reason for that sign since I took the photo but I’m still drawing a blank.
Butler is a manufacturer of metal buildings. Don’t ask me how I know this.
I’ve always dreamed of living in a Butler building.
Men of a certain age in my family go to the backyards and pour slabs of concrete. That behavior puzzled me for years but then I figured it out: We all dream of Butler buildings, it’s in our genes.
I’ve got a kinda yearning to live in a pole barn.
SC: You do realize you have the makings of a song there, yes?
We all dream of Butler buildings
It’s in our genes
What’s a pole barn?
Erh, a pole barn is . . . well, it’s . . . eh, I don’t know why exactly it’s called a pole barn, but they have them, all of these farms in the Midwest. You have these poles, and they hold up a roof. Corrugated metal enters into it somehow.
Where I live, you build the biggest pole barn you can afford, and chain your dog(s) inside it. The largest pole barns produce the most volume and resonance.
Around here there are also a lot of pickup trucks, in the back of which are those insulated kennels for dogs. I think the locals use them to transport their animals from pole barn to pole barn. For reasons that are unclear.
High volume and resonance is good for the region and good for the dogs. How else will others know of its (and their) existence?
The power of confinement!
Okay, I think I get pole barns now. Basically, they are what’s left over after a couple of nasty thunderstorms hit a regular barn, if you are lucky. I guess I always thought of pole barns as ruins but now I see that their glory comes (Speer-like) from being pre-ruins.
…from pole barn to pole barn. For reasons that are unclear…
Their reasons will be clear enough soon enough. There may or may not be warnings from the CDC but when it happens, everyone will know.
If you are selling a “hobby farm” in the Driftless Region, touting a pole barn on the premises is pretty much de rigeur.
I’m thinking of opening a gentleman’s club called The Pole Barn. Maybe somewhere along the St. Croix border between Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Will you keep the Fifty Cents sign?
I’ll add a small one above it in small type:
Do it, Rick. And keep the Fifty Cents sign.
Goodness, what do you get for fifty cents? Does that include tax?
I like “The Pole Barn” but if expand your compound, you might want to use “Hobby Farm” for the whole compound and “The Pole Barn” for the gentleman’s club. So, in ads, you’d say “The Pole Barn at the Hobby Farm.”
A useful site for a man building pole barns: http://www.diypolebarns.com.
“The Pole Barn at the Hobby Farm” has a refined sound to it. Like [name of golf course] at [name of gated community].
Lap dance cost you a quarter extra.