I have been able to get around town and gather a few more, plus I saw some I’ll have to go back for.
This looks like it has been a recent DYI repair. The flashing tape at the back gives it away
Tastefully restored and retained, even though the windows are aluminum. I like the brackets. I’ll have to try for a side on photo
Another recent restoration. You can see what I mean about the flashing at the rear of the shade. Just plain brackets but the angle is rather sharp. You would have to be sitting down to sticky beak at the neighbours
Ordinary. Nothing flash. They look like a shed job many years ago well restored. I think the owners were in the army, maybe the Q-Store and had some left over paint, if you know what I mean lol
On the weekend I drove around one of the more affluent parts of Grafton looking for some window shades. I was disappointed that many houses didn’t have any or they were removed for aluminum windows that were installed. A lot of the old houses had been either modernised or demolished and big brick houses built.
I did find quite a number that still survived and there were some had been repaired and updated with new tops and painted brackets.
The tops on these shades need replacing. The brackets are so good. I have no idea what is happening with the windows though
These are quite simple with a good paint scheme and vertical supports
I will have to look for more of the newer types (read 1960’s 1970’s) like these few I have found or even newer would be astounding!
Along came aluminum, gone are the decorative side panels and brackets. See how these brackets are a different angles for the size of the window shade. I would have thought the heat from the bricks would get trapped under the shade. Maybe that’s why the brackets are skinny.
Emulating the older bullnose iron style. Again, maybe the height helps with not getting heat trapped. The older one on the building opposite will be along soon, maybe next post
These are the first newer window shades I photographed.
The one and only tiled one I have found. I love the brackets. I didn’t notice the one in the background so will have to try to find this one again.
Continuing on with my theme for Monday Windows of window shades. This week I am showcasing the most prevalent type of shade in Grafton I have found so far, the tin ones with scalloped edges.
These are a classic example, plain with decorative edging
I wasn’t aware that the shades came in different sizes as most are for stock standard window sizes of the early to mid 20th Century. The window has been replaced with aluminum but they retained the shade
Same house, different sized (replaced) window. Both shades need a bit of TLC
The scallops on these are bigger than others I have found. Looks like the Morning Glory (a pest weed here as it grows rampant) is going to take over the house. Again a bit of house love might see a different looking window although I find those burglar preventative window screens are quite ugly.
A trio of happy shades
The shade on the front of the house has it’s fancy scallops on the top rather than around the edges
This weeks shades have all had a make over. I like how these home owners kept the window shade but went for an economical repair by having the roof extend as part of the shade. I like the tulip design on the slats. Pity the wooden window was replaced with aluminum. At least they kept the top windows of coloured glass.
These have to be the chunkiest shades. A basic owner built shades I am guessing. I like how the rear slat extends to the bottom of the window frame giving a nice arc.
Wonderful old tin scalloped shades which are so prevalent around Grafton. These have been restored and repainted in the original colours. The scalloped tin shades are either red or green on the outside of the shades I have found.
You can tell this is a new refurbishment due to the use of mini-orb corrugated iron. All very clean and neat.
I spoke to the couple who own this over one-hundred years old house who were doing some renovations to their front fence. They love the look of the shades and the feel of their house which is such a lovely cottage. These shades have been fixed and painted and the plain tin of the shade is next on the wash down and repaint job list.
In my series of windows and their shades, I have shown many styles of window shade. One thing that I am also finding is the poor unfortunate shades that haven’t been looked at let alone loved for many years.
As most of these shades have been found walking around town, I have Squared them for Becky and her #WalkingSquares
I love the scalloped shades. These are on a church building. I hope they can fix them before it’s too late
The windows and the garden looked a treat. Pity no one has looked up
On a first floor window so it doesn’t look like this one will be seen to anytime soon
Everything is very much the worse for wear, even the house next door, but lovely painted scallops
One of the classic designs around Grafton. This one has great structure just needs the top seen to before it all falls apart
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