The random musings of an autistic bridgetender with entirely too much time on her hands.
Some people collect baseball cards. I collect drawbridge stuff.
Given the number of people who have expressed shock that there’s “actually someone up there operating the drawbridge” when I tell them I’m a bridgetender, it doesn’t surprise me that there isn’t lots of drawbridge memorabilia floating around. I mean, why memorialize something that you don’t think about?
Well, unless you mean London Bridge. It seems to be the rock star of drawbridges. Tourists adore that bridge. It even has its own song. I hope the bridges I work on aren’t too jealous.
But I have managed to accumulate a little bit of drawbridge memorabilia over the almost 20 years of my career. What follows are pictures of my collection, in no particular order, and some descriptions thereof. Hope you like them!
Given the number of people who are foolish enough to crawl under the traffic gates when I’m opening my drawbridge, I suggested that we make a safety brochure with a keepsake drawbridge picture, and leave them outside the tower doors. I was asked to write the content, and so I did. They chopped 75 percent of my suggestions out, and then came up with this brochure, and printed about a thousand copies. Then someone decided that it was too controversial for some bizarre reason, so they are gathering dust in a closet somewhere. Aren’t bureaucracies the best?
Is that everything? I feel like I’m forgetting something. (Sorry if it was something you gave me.)
Also, somewhere amongst all of my clutter I have various chunks of various bridges that I’ve come across over time, but I couldn’t find any of them for this post.
There you have it. Some people collect baseball cards or antique bottles. I collect drawbridge stuff. That works out well, because due to its scarcity it doesn’t take too much space.
8 thoughts on “Drawbridge Memorabilia”
Awesome collection. I know how you are trying to be a minimalist, but sometimes something screams “OMGosh That’s Barb”. Thanks for enriching all our lives.
Heading to FL in a couple of weeks, and of course every time I “Cross Over the Bridge”, you will be “Gentle on My Mind.
“I now think I have a serious problem. I cannot get through a day but when someone says something a phrase from a song pops into my head.
That sounds like a wonderful problem to have, dear friend! May your life be filled with music!
Oh My, I love your friend Dave’s painting. I think I would place it near my bedroom window so the moonbeams coming through the window would dance across the waters. Such an amazing use of colors. It is like those new “CALM”. app. designed totally relax you in 30 seconds. If you don’t mind I’d like to save it to glance at it before retiring at night.
Thanks for sharing.
I am so sorry, I mean DOUG. Another age related problem short memory and blurred vision. But I do Love his work.
No worries. 🙂
By all means! I’m sure he’d be honored. I tried CALM, but they want money, so I didn’t get very far.
I wonder if some time you could scan up that safety manual and upload it for us? There might be some things I don’t know….
Sadly, the picture here of the brochure, front and back, are all that is left of it. I had two pages long of suggestions, but most were rejected, and I didn’t bother keeping the original draft, knowing it would never see the light of day. Sorry.