We were on a mini-vacation earlier in the week, which is my excuse for forgetting two things.  First, my pal Zeke Wolfskehl is in search of some research that I remember hearing about but have never been able to find documentation for.  Maybe it’s an urban legend, but I know that I heard/read somewhere that a pair of doors with a mullion allows more efficient egress than a pair of doors without a mullion.  Do any of you remember where that was written?  I need a lead to pursue.

Second, I am just finishing up an article for the Locksmith Ledger, and I need a few photos of mag-locks to go along with it.  Not a mag-lock photo from a catalog, but a non-blurry photo of a mag-lock in action.  If you have a photo or see a mag-lock and have your camera handy, please send it to me.  If LL uses your photo, they will credit you as the photographer.

And finally…I took the kiddies to Maine to visit one of my brothers and his family, and we stopped at the LL Bean Flagship store in Freeport on the way.  It was PACKED!  On the way out, I asked the kids what was missing on the entrance doors.  They figured it out pretty quickly, starting with, “They don’t have those bars,” to “They have a gold plate on the inside,” and then…”They don’t have locks!”

The LL Bean store in Freeport has been open 24 hours/day, 365 days/year since 1951 (except for 2 Sundays in 1962 when Maine’s blue laws changed), and the entrance doors don’t have locks.  I was horrified to see that they’re also missing a decent method of stopping the door, as they are using HINGE PIN STOPS for some of the main entrance doors!

I didn’t stop at the LL Bean Home store or the Hunting & Fishing store because the kids were starting to lose it, but there are some very cool door pulls there too.

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