New York City – November 2017 – Tourist Day in Manhattan

With a day to spend in Manhattan with nothing special planned we wandered the city and checked out some of the non tacky tourist spots (i.e. Time Square)

 

Bryant Park Ice Rink and the Main Library

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Entrance to Rockefeller Center

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Statue and Flags at Rockefeller Center

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The Oculus

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Central Park West View

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A stop at the Met.

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Ornate apartment building on Fifth Avenue.

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Where do they put the prisoners?

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Chicago – October 2017 – Open House Chicago – Part 3

The Open House tour continued in the Logan Square neighborhood with Metropolis Coffee. This small business roasts specialty coffee, using some vintage coffee roasters.

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In the West Loop area is Big Monster Toys. Situated in an old trucking terminal, they specialize in creating new toys to license to the major manufacturers.

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Also in West Loop is the Publisher Bed and Breakfast. Originally a publishing house, then a casket company, then a museum, the building now houses a very nice B & B

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Near Skinner Park is the Columbian Model & Exhibit Works. Here they do amazing work building architectural models. This was one of my favorite stops of the weekend.

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Further out on the West Side is the original Sears Tower. Built in 1906 it was the administration building for the vast Sears warehouse area that served the catalog sales for over 80 years. Today the 3 million square foot warehouse is gone, but the administration building has been re-purposed for community service.

 

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Across the street is the former powerhouse which has been converted into a high school.

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Zap Props is located in the Bridgeport neighborhood on the south side. Home of thousands of items, many have been used in the TV and movie filmings that have occurred in Chicago.

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Also in Bridgeport is Stockyards Brick and Timber. Here they specialize in reclaimed building materials.

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Just around the corner is the Decorators Supply Company. Expecting a sales office, we were pleasantly surprised to find a high end plaster trim and detail manufacturer.

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Continuing in Bridgeport we stopped at the Ling Sheng Ching Tze Buddist Temple.

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Our final stop was at the Chicago Maritime Museum

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Without a doubt Open House Chicago will be an annual event for us.

 

 

 

 

Cleveland – September 2017 – A Super Library

Two teenagers growing up in the Glenville neighborhood on the east side of Cleveland came up with the idea of Superman in the mid 1930s. From this humble beginning they launched the most famous superhero of all time, which the Main Cleveland Library is now celebrating.

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were friends from the neighborhood when they partnered to come up with Superman. As children of Jewish immigrants the idea of Superman coming from another land was close to their experiences, as well as their influence from the pulp fiction of the day. And the rest as they say is history….

 

Small steel statue

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Original sketches.

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Cleveland – proud true home of Superman – take that Metropolis!

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Phone booth – complete with a cape left behind.

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The 1950s Superman costume, apparently these colors filmed better in black and white than the more well known red and blue.

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Large statue – eventually headed for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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A Superman telephone.

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Tacoma, Washington – September 2017 – LeMay Auto Collection

Harold LeMay made his fortune hauling garbage in Tacoma, Washington, but his passion was cars. At his death he owned a record 3000 cars. Today the collection is split into two separate museums.

The first is housed at a formers boys school with a number of buildings.

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The gymnasium make a great setting.

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Sliding doors!

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The had cars stacked 3 high in some places.

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The second museum was in downtown Tacoma and was more formal.

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A Rambler with a Ferrari engine.

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Seattle – September 2017 – Museum of Pop Art

The Museum of Pop Art in Seattle started life as a tribute to Jimi Hendrix by Paul Allen, one of the founders of Microsoft. Recently they rebranded themselves and have some nice other exhibits.

 

The guitar collection was amazing.

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The Hendrix area

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A large area for sci-fi

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Grove City, OH – July 2017 – Flashlight Museum

As I research various unique places to see I sometimes come up with one that doesn’t really appear to exist. One such place is the ‘Flashlight Museum’ in Grove City, a Columbus suburb. There is a website for it (http://www.flashlightmuseum.com/), as well as a contact page, but no actual address, so I entered some information in a contact page of the website and a couple of weeks later received an email.

After a phone call I realized the museum itself is actual one person’s (Steve Giterman) personal collection. Steve was more than happy to have us stop by for a visit to see his collection.

In his home he had ‘thousands’ of flashlights, virtually all in working condition.

In addition he had a great collection of peripherals and advertising.

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Who knew that flashlights came in so many different looks.

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They were loosely grouped together by age and style.

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All were in excellent condition, including the advertising.

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Steve had many unique flashlight accessories, including these stamps.

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Of particular interest are the ‘novelty’ flashlights.

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The older, standard flashlights have a great streamlined look to them.

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More novelty flashlights.

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In addition Steve does flashlight repairs. If you have a classic old flashlight that doesn’t work, contact Steve at┬ásgiterman@columbus.rr.com, he will be more than happy to help you, and welcome you to see his fantastic collection.