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March 21, 2006

Getting a Handle

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At one point in time, these knobs could be found on every interior New York City public school door. In my experience visiting schools across the city, I've seen a few in their proper place. Most, however, can be found in antique shops and up for bid on eBay.

I acquired mine by that very method. I think it is beautiful. When I look at it, I all I can think about is how little hands of history opened those doors each day. Owning the knob also makes me feel a bit guilty. In many cases, these have been stolen from schools over the past twenty or thirty years, as they can have a rather high antique value. Now, in addition to nostalgia, I can't help but wonder who removed it from the school in the first place.

Posted by callalillie at March 21, 2006 8:35 AM | History


I've seen those on eBay and wished they weren't priced so high. Several years ago I was collecting doorknobs to use as coat hooks in a closet. I coveted this one but had limited my budget to no more than $5 per knob, except in the case of a really, really cool one, for which I would allow myself to pay up to $10. The NY Public Schools one was way, wwwaaaayyyyyyy out of my budget. Enjoy yours!

Posted by: Kathy at March 21, 2006 10:21 AM

Actually, I got mine for $20. It's not a full knob, though, just half.

Posted by: corie at March 21, 2006 11:22 AM

I actually was one of those little hands...truly remember those doorknobs from my entire K-12 NYC school experience!

Posted by: nancy at March 21, 2006 11:41 AM

I believe that the school that I am researching, PS 27K, had one or two during my last visit-- but that was several years ago. I'll find out tomorrow.

Posted by: corie at March 21, 2006 11:43 AM

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