Door details

At Brown’s Mall.  Former offices of the Encyclopedia Britannica? (or is there another explanation for the thistle emblem over the door?)

- Fr. Matthew Green


About Matthew Green

I am an origami artist and photographer (and teacher of both), a blogger, a freelance translator, former philosophy professor, and I love to sing. You can see my photos on Flickr and buy prints of some of them on Fine Art America. You can find me on Instagram, Twitter (@mehjg), and in various and sundry other social media sites on the web.
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7 Responses to Door details

  1. Carol says:

    I was sales promotion manager at Browns back in the day. The thistle emblem is in honor of the Brown’s Scottish heritage.
    Carol (Creed) Perry

  2. Jim Clyde says:

    By mentioning the Encyclopedia Britannica, you’re close…. those volumes were first published in Edinburgh in the late 1700′s by a Scot with the unfortunate name of William Smellie… Everyone thinks the Britannica is British… it’s not…. it’s Scottish. The Thistle (the National Emblem of Scotland), is printed on the first page of every volume.

    Jim Clyde

    • Thanks for pointing out this connection!

      • Jim Clyde says:

        And how did the Thistle come to be the national emblem of Scotland, you might ask? The legend is that when the Vikings (or some other marauding group), were on a raid into Scotland one night, they removed their footwear to better sneak up on the sleeping Scots. One unfortunate Viking happened to step on a thistle and yelled out, waking the Scots and saving the day!

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  4. Greg says:

    Thanks, FG. I’ve walked by that door a hundred times without noticing how wonderful it is. Thanks for sharing your good eye.

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