Tonight’s Historical Photo:
This is a 5 Mega Bite hard drive being loaded onto Pan Am for shipment. This could be the Shotgun House, compared to the Trump Towers. It hurts to know I remember this size drive very well and I was in my Twenties.
Now to The Shotgun
I had better explain the shot gun house I mentioned earlier. It is called a shotgun house because of the simple design. Daddy said it was because you could stand in the front door and shoot your shotgun thru the back door.
The design was used by the poorer class who wanted to own their own home. The house was 12-14 feet wide and about 36 ft deep (some were only 24 feet). Being very compact, it could be set on a very small lot.
At the older shotguns, you walked thru the front door into the living room at times a combination bedroom/living room. At about 12 feet there was another wall or sometimes just furniture (Anwar(?)) that separated it from the Kitchen/eating area. About 12-14 feet then another wall or cabinets. The last was a bedroom another 12 feet.(The master bedroom if you please). The back door either lead to the porch on which if it was a classy house, there was the toilet to the left or right. In the earlier houses the back door led to the path to the outhouse.
In my blog entry when I mentioned the Shotgun House It was the simple design. Enter the Bedroom, thru the cooking area and out the back door to the path. My Uncle Inman said, “Jackie, a house ain’t nothing but a place to eat and sleep, this is all you need.” Uncle Inman was a single man, a widower. He was not the High Sheriff but some ‘low Sheriff’ He wasn’t called a deputy. I never understood his position in law enforcement.
I do know a single man looks at a house different than a family man. Because to a family man, that house becomes a HOME even if it is a Shotgun house.
My Granny Lloyd lived in a Shotgun house in South GAstonia, NC. But it was a Duplex, Two shotguns side by side. Granny had a toilet on the back porch.
Now for today, basically Sherry and I live in a Shotgun house, except for the front and back doors. LOL Uncle Inman would be proud of me.