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The Old-Fashioned Way

Since many of you have asked what those hooks are at the tops of the Amsterdam gables, here you are!

I have seen people hoisting up stuff this way ever since I've been here.  But I also now see trucks that park outside and hoist things up mechanically.  That will be tomorrow's post.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


The Old-Fashioned Way

Since many of you have asked what those hooks are at the tops of the Amsterdam gables, here you are!

I have seen people hoisting up stuff this way ever since I've been here.  But I also now see trucks that park outside and hoist things up mechanically.  That will be tomorrow's post.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (34)

Wow Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You're so cute, Busola. smile
We had a similar system on our barn to hoist bales of hay up. I have to admit there was a time when I lived on a third floor flat in SF where I would have died for one of these. smile
Ginnie Hart: Isn't that the truth, John. I'm guessing we all can remember times when one of these would have come in handy!
Ginnie Hart: I LOVE what Aksel does...and can hardly wait to see this very spot in Venice come October. I'm gonna look for it. smile
Very entertaining! I never saw one used before.
Ginnie Hart: That's exactly why I'm showing it today, Martin. I have to remember that while it has become more or less "old hat" for me, there was once a time when I didn't know how it worked either!
Thank you, Ginnie. I'm 'one of those people' smile and I'm glad to see it in action.
Ginnie Hart: So glad I could show it to you, Red Pen. smile
  • Kay
  • 19 Jun 2007, 02:20
I was one of those folks that asked about that too, Ginnie. Thank you for posting a picture. smile Looks mighty dangerous if things get swinging.
Ginnie Hart: I've never seen anything swinging yet, Kay, but I'm quite sure that could happen. I've read that the reason why some of the building facades slightly lean forward is because of this hoisting stuff. Makes it easier to not break the windows while pulling things up, I reckon.
A beautifully sharp clear photo to illustrate your point today, Ginnie. I like the tones you have chosen for it, too.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Karen. Glad you like it.
I liek the tone of the image and how sharp it looks here. Well done Grannie :d
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Nacha. smile
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 19 Jun 2007, 04:27
Lovely tones on this one Ginnie. More than the hook and the hoisting, it is a moment very well captured, a classic indeed - like the ones you see in those coffee books on photography. Very nice.
Ginnie Hart: So sweet for you to say it this way, Thomas. Thank you kindly.
j'aime beaucoup cette photo. le travail en action!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly like it happens, O-P! smile
  • Judy
  • So Californina - United States
  • 19 Jun 2007, 06:27
Ginnie - Great to see the hoist in action. Wonderful picture as well. Tell me - the white "pole" object on the left of the photo - is that a flagpole or some part of the mechanism? Just curious.
Ginnie Hart: I think that is the neighbor's flagpole, Judy, and definitely does NOT have anything to do with the hoisting. It was too hard to clone it out so I decided to just leave it. smile

Thanks a million for stopping by and commenting again. smile
Hi Ginnie. That's a nice composition and action shot !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sir Roland. smile
Nice shot . . A simple and effective system ..in the UK I am sure all manner of health and safety regulations will make this complex ..let me hold my peace !!!!
Ginnie Hart: Hmmm. Health issues? Safety, for sure. I guess everyone has learned how to be super careful when they do this stuff! Thanks, Shakara.
The big wide windows are part of the system too, I'd say. Very ingenious! Nice shot too, of someone engrossed with what he is doing which is a good thing, of course. We need his attention to be there at the moment. Now just don't tell me there is a piano on the end of that rope. LOL
Ginnie Hart: HA! I haven't seen a piano yet but I'm quite sure there has been one! Thanks, Mary.
Nicely composed and sharp...wonderful tones as always, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Bridge. Thanks.
Good Morning Ginnie. I do like your monochrome work, once again a great range of tones that compliment the building. Good composition too, I especially like the arm jabbing out at right angles to all the verticals. Mike
Ginnie Hart: Well, I must say you are very kind, Mike. I get quite embarrassed and flustered when I am obviously taking people shots (and if I haven't asked permission), so I took this quick snap and was lucky the guy was in the pic at all. grin

Thanks for your comment and support.
Works really well in mono. Now then what's this about you thinking I was a man? ;0
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, PP, let's just say you're in good company. I'm still getting used to these European names. I thought Jose was male...just as I thought Nicola from Sguardiamo was female. I'm tryig not to guess any more. grin
Lovely tones Ginnie.

I visited Amsterdam some years ago and on a tour, the guide pointed out Amsterdam's narrowest house, the width of a doorway. The only way to get anything in and out in such tight spaces is to lift it in through the window smile I think he may have been joshin us....
Ginnie Hart: No, he's not joshing you, David. Part of the problem is that most of the stairways are very narrow and spiraling. There's NO WAY you could get most furniture up them. Trust me. It's hard enough for ME to get up them!

That narrow doorway, BTW, once entered, expands out on the inside (of course!). From the outside, you can usually tell how wide any given building is, but not that one. smile
  • Dotun
  • 19 Jun 2007, 13:11
well done here Ginnie, a nice one as usual.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Dotun.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Jun 2007, 13:42
Great angle, slow hoist. Great picture.
Ginnie Hart: Three times a lady...ummm...I mean a Thank-You. grin
That's a very sharp image Ginnie with really lovely tones.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Flo. It was a fun pic to take, even though I don't usually capture people.
nice capture Ginnie! beautiful color tone
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Nicola. Thank you.
  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 19 Jun 2007, 15:52
Oh my God, oh my GOD! I haven't looked at any of the other comments yet, because I wanted to get typing right away.As your lovely gable series progressed I felt myself wanting to see one of these overhanging things in action. My wish is granted.. Thank you, thank you, thank you. And you've granted my wish in a really tasty way: I love the arm stretched out, I adore the spot-on focus. I love the feeling of height. This is a Likey!
Ginnie Hart: LOL, Jimbo. You are so easy to please. grin
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 19 Jun 2007, 16:00
This is a real winner! All the details and sharpness, his face, his arm, his hand not quite getting to the cable yet, the concept of the hoist -- all brilliant! Perfect timing, framing, everything. So memorable! (and educational) grin
Ginnie Hart: Awww. You're a real sweetie, dear sister!
like this one, theres so much accompanying the central figure as well...
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your comment, Sam.
I´ve seen many hooks in Amsterdam, but I have never seen one in use before. Great capture Ginnie. smile
Ginnie Hart: So glad I could show you one in use, Magnus. I aim to please. smile
  • Ted
  • 19 Jun 2007, 19:14
Wonderful street photo, Ginnie. I find myself more drawn to shots of people lately.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Ted. I see that I've been getting more pics of people as well, kinda in the course of everyday life!
Hello Ginnie,
haha2x nice view, in modern era we're still use that,nice one wink
Ginnie Hart: Welcome back, Dudee! I missed you.

If you see tomorrow's pic, it makes me wonder how much longer these pulleys will be in use!
  • Julischka
  • butterfly bush
  • 19 Jun 2007, 20:33
Oh, nice guy! winkHe looks so theatrical.
Super sharp and great timing!
Ginnie Hart: HA! He was definitely doing his thing, Julia. smile Thanks.
  • Roger
  • Denton Texas
  • 19 Jun 2007, 20:48
This is great! I wonder if words of endearment or anger are flowing fro m his mouth
Ginnie Hart: HA! One just never knows, Roger. I'm sure someone was happy for whatever was being hoisted up. smile

Thanks for stopping by again!
  • clarence
  • Irving, TX, USA
  • 19 Jun 2007, 20:50
Love the hoist.
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Clarence. smile Thanks.
I hope that rope is good and strong! Nice capture Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, Bernie! Thanks.
Do you know that this come from Roman antiquity ?
Nice shot Ginnie !
Ginnie Hart: Are you serious, Zeb? Well, I guess that does make sense! Thanks for pointing that out!
  • Helen
  • 21 Jun 2007, 08:08
Bet you would have nice strong arms if you used it alot! Nice shot!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Helen. I'm sure you're right. smile Thanks.

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