We found the sign “I am the door” in the basement of San Francisco’s City Lights bookstore. The store was co-founded in 1953 by the poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti who discovered this sign and others in a room off the basement. The story is that they were painted on the walls by a Christian sect who had used the basement for their meetings. The signs included “Remember Lot’s wife”, “Born in Sin and Shapen in Niquity”, “I and My Father are One” and “I am the door”. The photo on the right is of Ferlinghetti with the sign in the mid to late 1950s.
Additional information: A reader tells us Colin McCahon visited San Francisco in 1958