Almost all the buildings in the old parts of Lyon were built long before the doorbell was invented, and even before electricity was discovered. When a visitor came calling, means other than shouting needed to be used to announce one’s arrival. Enter the knocker. As I wandered the streets I couldn’t keep my eyes off all those beautiful knockers.

Oops, I didn't mean this kind.

Oops, I didn’t mean this kind.

I'm not sure what he's gripping.

I’m not sure what he’s gripping.

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Gone but left its mark

Gone but left its mark

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A fine pair of knockers

A fine pair of knockers

The modern version

The modern version

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