Local Heart, Global Soul

January 13, 2020

This Dumb Waiter Spills No Secrets…

Stepping into one of the first rooms of the Freemason’s House in the Hague during my ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ tour, I noticed some beautiful patterns worked into the flooring. I also noticed that the walls between these two rooms were unusually thick. Then I noticed what looks like a sliding door hatch: this is a ‘dumb-waiter’. The gentleman I asked didn’t know if it was still in use and didn’t want to open it (I asked, explained about my blog and said it was no problem at all if they didn’t want to).

For me the really interesting part was to see how much wall space this little lift/elevator took up, it’s far greater space than I had in my head after watching movies where the dumb-waiter was always in a back wall, where the good-guys hid in action movies, or from which delicious trays of food were dispensed in luxury settings.

I can’t believe that there would have never been occasions where the servants of the time did not sneak in a ride in one of these, where illicit goods like alcohol were hidden or even possibly people during the war. Sadly Dumb-waiters are dumb and giving away no secrets.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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