one would expect a
a gun shop.
This is not Compton LA. This is…
quaint Antwerp, Belgium.
Not just deactivated firearms either but dubious WW2 paraphernalia.
Whot about a themed wedding fraulein? Wehrmacht goose-stepping up the aisle. Nein? I zee u frown. Perhaps a touch of Kriegsmarine, or perhaps Luftwaffe in delicate blue?
Luftwaffe it iz! Exzellent choice if I zay so. Now would that be European theatre or North African? May I say here that the dezert look would give it a varm feel?
Luftwaffe North African campaign! Trefflich! Ze blue vill go well with your eyes and the hint of camouflage with the bridesmaid gownz” Nich! I’m afraid a Messerschmitt vud be extra by a considerable amount”
Additionally there were Russian AK’s too in case someone requested a 1945 Berlin feel.
You could say that in a city which has a large Jewish population which returned after the war, that this is interesting, for want of a better word. Does it show insensibility and disregard or the tolerance of the citizens of Antwerpen. Both probably. And European mainland pragmatism. Business is business!
Who better to judge than those who took the hammer of the Blitzkrieg?
I was on my way to a nightclub but had 40 minutes to photograph some beautiful churches and the odd boutique that stretched along yellow-tinged boulevards. This part of Antwerp was chocolate-box charming like a very ancient Swiss town. It is almost belies the historic reality that this port town was bombed to rubble by German forces 70 years earlier.
The 3 snaps just above are of the rail station the following morning. The last time I was impressed with utility buidings for cleanliness and style like this, was at Los Angeles Union station. Half a world apart, but evidently some architects still share a sense of the aesthetic.