We’re Chained

August 14, 2011

I had been wandering around Irvington when I came across this toy horse chained outside someone’s house.

I didn’t think much of it until a friend informed me that there are little metal hooks on sidewalks where people used to leash actual horses to. When I went back to inspect these two shots, sure enough, there was that hook in the sidewalk.

After a quick Google search I also learned that using these rather outdated rings to tie up toy horses is a bit of a thing. Who knew! Since this encounter I’ve noticed the metal loops on the sidewalk (seriously, they’re everywhere!) and even spotted another toy horse on the other side of the ‘hood.

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Diana+, 75mm

Fuji Pro 400H

Rolleiflex 2.8C

Ilford XP2 Super


One of my all time favorite, quirky things about Portland. I remember being a kid and wandering around Portland with my dad trying to seek out the horses.

These horses are responsible for Dave and I being together! We had both taken a polaroid of the same horse on 11th & Everett several years ago and posted it on Flickr. That’s how we met :)

hohmygod, does a cuter story exist? That’s really awesome, Whitney!

Oh yeah! I found a few of these the last time I was in PDX.