I took this photo on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014. This was taken at some old bar near Streeterville, around the intersection of Pearson & Rush in Chicago.
This one is pretty standard, but classics are classics.
The handle itself is smooth, bright, and polished, and the keeper frame appears to be pretty clean too. That suggests regular cleaning.
The wooden door looks a lot more aged and worn. You can tell there are scratches and scuff marks around where people have hit it with their hands when grabbing the handle. It’s got a little bit of discoloration, too, and some curved marks a little beneath the handle.
The doorframe shows even more character. The pea-green color is an interesting choice, especially with the cream-flambé tile wainscoting. And the whole edge of the doorframe is cracked and chipped, a unique pattern of wear over the years.
The lock itself is a classic push-button in a handle, which is easy to use, albeit a little boring.
But at least the door fits nice and tight to the frame. You gotta love a good lock like this!