When is a doorbell not a doorbell? When it’s the doorbell next to your front door, that many years later — well over half a century —Â was rendered useless when a metal gate was eventually installed at the sidewalk. There’s another doorbell, quite plain, at the gate of our house. This ornate if hollow item just sits quietly. The vestigial doorbell. The emeritus doorbell.An ongoing series cross-posted from instagram.com/dsqt.