The Ohio History Center in Columbus is sort of Ohio’s attic, if an attic is a brutalist style concrete building with a number of galleries with extremely diverse displays.
Still, a good way to spend a few hours on a cold, rainy Saturday.
First up – African American Art
A long time Columbus TV legend, Flippo (or more appropriately Flippo’s outfit)
A small engine.
Silver Bracelet from the 1800s.
Ohio has always been known for it’s many glass makers.
A display on World War I had a gas mask. Interestingly the precursor to the gas mask was invented by Garrett Morgan in Cleveland. An African American, Garrett had a long and distinguished life as an inventor.
An exhibit on Ohio artists. This display honors Paul Henri Bourguignon, a Belgian born artist who settled in Columbus in 1950 after his wife joined the faculty of Ohio State University.
Flywheel for a steam engine. I just like the symmetry and color.
Early fire engine.
Horse drawn streetcar.
Model Train set.
Miss America 1953’s gown and portrait.
Etch a Sketch – from ‘Ohio Art’
A 1957 Chevy and an Airstream Trailer. The camper has been built in Ohio for a long time.
The Soap Box derby is synonymous with Ohio.
Lustron Homes were prefabricated, metal houses made in the 1940s and 1950s.
This display is all set for Christmas 1955.
Native American pipe.
A display of Civil War era Ohio Companies flags.
Taxidermy of animals that once, or still, are present in Ohio.
An airplane, because we need an airplane.
And cars. We need cars to. And the state has long produced both.
An early tire mold from Firestone.
Finally we are hungry, so we stopped by White Castle (at least the exhibit – we found better food for lunch afterwards).