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    Default LIPS- a few light~heavy round doors

    Lips made countless grades and styles of rectangular doors over the years, but until recently I wasn't aware of these two lighter variations on their round design.

    Lightweight Lips-Vago- never seen anything of this 20 bolt model before- it's very similar appearance to the Fichet Torino I posted a while back (Location Unknown)
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    Medium Lips with some nice details in the photo- see how many you can spot. This ones in one of the main central banks in Brussels
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    Heavy- this is a left-hand version of the 40-ton door illustrated at the back of the well known Vincent Eras book. After many bank take-overs and name changes, I'm pretty sure this one's what is now the main AMRO Bank, Rotterdam
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    A collection of such images was found at http://beeldbank.regionaalarchiefdor...en&tohistory=1 which may need to be run through the Bing translator.

    This might be a good time to ask, is it "Lips" or "LIPS"? If the latter, is it an abbreviation for something?

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    The Rotterdam bank is explored in http://www.rotterdam.nl/Clusters/Sta...verkenning.pdf

    I tried to translate it using Google but it's too big. Does anybody know of a free way to translate 22 MB of PDF?

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    Well memory fails again- a quick look at the 40 ton door in the Vincent Eras book reveals its actually the same one hinged left hand.
    there's also this shot of it on the vertical turning and boring mill
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    And this one of a factory fitter doing final finishing work
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    BTW- LIPS is the surname of the companies founder, so it can be written Lips but the company always used capitals as their registered mark.

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    Here's a nice old nostalgic shot for the LIPS thread
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    This image also seems to show a Lips door at some sort of exposition --

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    Default Couple more Lips

    Most of these had the hinge carriages exposed with the fixing studs or bolts on show- all neatly concealed with trim on this one.

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    Nice colourful impression from 1910

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    The first image looks like early 1960s, I'd guess (clothing style and architecture). But notice on the right there seems to be an electrical cord snaking through the doorway. This was common in the early days of electricity, being an add-on. My impression is that this practice continued for some time due to concerns over having a hole in a vault wall to pass wiring; the vault should be hermetic. A conduit could allow flood waters to enter, for example. Or it could allow other havoc by evil forces (e.g. somebody might try to push explosives through the conduit to blow the vault apart).

    But well before the 1960s I thought the common practice was to somehow get power (and alarm circuits and possibly ventilation) into the vault using a secure method of some sort. So this picture seems unusual.

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    Default Couple more pics

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    I believe those last two images are from Madrid, Spain. Currently the Cervantes Institute at calle Alcalá Nº 49. The interior has two levels and seems quite attractive. Some web sites claim this is actually in the Bank of Spain across the street.

    Do we have any members in Madrid?

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