Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia, [oo-SWY-yah] for the first half of the 20th century was a penal colony, with activities centered around a large prison.  The building that served as the prison until 1947 now houses the Prison Museum, a Maritime Museum, an Art Museum, Museo del Fin del Mundo, and of course the requisite gift shops.  While the history of the prison and the maritime activities was interesting to read about, you want to know what really caught my eye? Don’t be shocked.  My eyes were attracted to the doors. Layers upon layers – of paint, of history, of bleak conditions, of grime and cold.  I wasn’t so much attracted to the thought of grime and cold and bleak conditions, but the layers of paint? Oh my.

Even knowing the history of the building, I couldn’t help but be captivated by the wooden doors.

Then, in a display case, these wood and bone clothespins. I love them and the care someone took to make them and to make a case for them. What I want to know is why anyone needs this type of holder/case for clothespins. My mother had a fabric bag that held clothespins on the line so she could easily reach them when hanging out the laundry. It might have even had some rick rack embellishment on it.  But this kind of case? What made it practical in the prison setting? Any ideas?
Chicago had Cows, Santa Fe had Ponies, Charlotte had Rocking Chairs, Victoria had Orcas, Ushuaia has Penguins.
When I was googling around for these links, I came across this wonderful entry. Take a look.
Only one more day on the trip, and then the blog will be back to it’s regularly scheduled programing. I’ll be sad to see the trip end and glad I took lots of photos along the way.
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