From the doorkeeper-to-God in Psalms to the wild night outside the door in King Lear to Charlie Rich getting Behind Closed Doors, the door is the ampersand between here & there.
It is the gateway and the getaway.
Often a door is an opening to the future — the doors of Let's Make A Deal! for example, Tiffany, what's behind Door Number Three? And Dante's entryway to Hell: "All Hope Abandon, Ye Who Enter Here."
But while clicking through the New York Public Library's online exhibit Doors, NYC –- which includes more than 3,000 photos of the city's doorways taken by Roy Colmer in the mid-1970s –- we couldn't help but think of those doors as portals to the past.
And of Colmer's camera as still another kind of door that allows our imaginations to step into an ever-receding past.
So NPR History Dept. asked NPR multimedia producer extraordinaire Claire O'Neill to delve into these doors and she returned with