Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Rt 17 which traverses the southeastern US from Virginia to Florida was once the only way to go. As the highway system grew so too did the related businesses that would serve the travelers.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Guests of the Urban Archeologist eat at Art's. Possibly 1940's roadside Bar-B-Que - sadly gone from highway 17 in Savannah GA. #found #postcard #nostalgia #georgia
Guests of the Urban Archeologist eat at Art's. Possibly 1940's roadside Bar-B-Que - sadly gone from highway 17 in Savannah GA. #postcard #nostalgia #georgia
Monday, September 14, 2015
One public school social studies class must have told me some brief history of the island nation just 90 miles off the Florida coast...or maybe not. We seem so close to re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba that posts from her past seem to be well-timed.
Reader, please understand that I have no political motivations within my posts here. I am on a journey to learn about the present by the bits and pieces I uncover from the past. My conclusions are drawn from limited research on the web (it must be true, I read it on the Internet!). I welcome anyone who might like to comment and set the record straight, or simply go opinion for opinion with me. I'm game.
Note: the is a story of the monument to the USS Maine in 2013 how it was being restored after years of uncertainty. Now that we are on the verge of new relations with Cuba it will be interesting to see if history repeats itself yet again.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Summer isn't over and I am going to prove it with a recently acquired batch of tourist memorabilia. This one from the 1950's came to the top
I once drove through here with my parents in search of our ancestors. That we never stopped here might not surprise anyone because of the other geographic wonder that hogged the signage along the road. Look at the top of the map and you will see "The Tidal Bore." To a 14 year old neither of these would have grabbed me. On closer inspection I wish the mystery crater had.
There wasn't hole lot to see as we headed toward Nova Scotia but there was this, a gentle tourist trap that was a good place to have a few laughs, enjoy the modern drive-in snack bar and use the facilities. I almost forgot - the French were also welcome.
What attracted many to this location was the mysterious effects that occurred around the crater. The owners had built a gravitation house, where one might sit in the "Chair from which you can not get up!" or watch as water rolls up hill. There were several of these "houses" around the country after one became a popular site in the 1930's. The secret being that the house built on a 25 degree angle and if you photographed someone correcting the slant by tilting the camera - they would appear to be leaning at an impossible angle without falling. Nervous? A friendly guide will hold your hand...
The Mystery Crater lasted for about 30 years before being sold to a fish farm in the 1980's. The couple who owned it moved away and passed away not long after selling. Though it and the gravity house are all but gone, it can still be visited with the new owners permission if you are into "geo-caching" (finding treasure hidden by GPS enthusiasts) it is a fun hobby and a great way to explore your state or country.
Posted by Greg VA at 12:01 AM
Sunday, July 26, 2015
I found this puzzle - known as a Rebus at a local antique shop. The coincidence bug hit me again because just that morning I was thinking of tossing a 1958 ATT Almanac (promo piece) when I saw a Rebus puzzle in the back. I thought, "That's kind of cool, maybe I will scan it and blog it." Later that same day I walk into my friend Justin Krul's antique shop (Just In Antiques and More) and saw this image above. What are the odds of that?
Try you hand at solving these but they may not be easy as the clue for solving them was well known people. The box they came from was a sort-of adult party game set which looked to be from the 1940's or 50's.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Back in my early days, when ever I saw some other "older" kids toys at a tag sale I would always see the AC Gilbert Erector Set. It seemed too complicated and, because it included a real electric motor, too dangerous, which of course made it "too cool." I bought at least one set when I was 13.
I didn't know Gilbert also made a magic set.
As you can see the young person that owned this set took the script serious enough to examine and edit those sections he didn't want to include in the act. When he was done and had sufficiently practiced - it was time to type up programs...
This was a full show and given that the boy was probably in his young teens, I would have to guess that he grew up to be the next Houdini - or maybe...
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
There were innumerable inconveniences suffered by the american people during WWII. It doesn't compare to the citizens of the oppressed nations the Allied powers would ultimately defeat. That aside, the food and gas shortages, and overall reduced services from local businesses combined to make what might have been normal life (for a post depression society) even more bleak.
When the finally ended it wouldn't be "all back to normal" for a while. In the mean time, businesses had to do what ever they could to let customers know that they were making progress. This original poster I found likely hung in the window of a hotel in the most visible spot. It is an awesome find!