Kate Forgach put a link from her Tattle Tales column to Lost Fort Collins today in reference to the cool safe at City Drug that’s still was for sale. I’ll repost the photo below. You REALLY have to click through to see how awesome the painting is. And fans of typeface will find the close up print interesting too.
Here’s Kate’s story, in case you have no idea what I’m talking about…http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20090724/COLUMNISTS109/907240305/1024/LIFESTYLE/Oldest-kid-on-block-to-remain-a-local-staple
And here’s my original story. Even though you’ve already seen the safe, it’s still worth clicking through for the “Big jar o’ pills” photo and for KipW’s comment on getting locked in a safe in the basement under Beau Jos: http://lostfortcollins.com/2009/03/18/safe-at-city-drug/
The safe was sold just before City Drug moved. The new owner, a manager over at Ace Hardware, took delivery via forklift, restored the safe, and has begun the meditative task of trying to guess the combination…it seems nobody remembers it.
By the way, I just noticed another Mosler safe in the window at Silver Grill ….
Gorgeous! And there’s a 50-50 chance it’s from Rochester, judging from the writing. If I’d suspected my story was interesting, I’d have blathered on longer. Here’s how it went.
First the younger of the two brothers whose parents owned the Pines Gift Shop bragged he could get out of the safe, so in we went, with the older brother outside. Half a minute later, older brother opened it again, because he just knew (correctly) that younger brother was getting some forbidden implement off a shelf. Apparently, it was no fair using whatever it was. Younger bro went out while I chatted with older, and he locked the door on us, at which point O. used whatever it was to get us out in about twelve seconds.
So actually, I’ve been locked in the vault twice. A few years later, when Bonnie Germain relocated The Book Shop (which became Old Corner Book Shop after she sold the operation to Jane Tester) to the basement of the same place, I was surprised to see that there was a second vault down there as well. I have never been locked in that one.