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.

Pittsburgh – July 2017 – Carnegie Science Center

The Carnegie Science Center, like most science centers, is geared towards children, but with an excellent railway model of the highlights of Pittsburgh I wanted to check it out.

An added bonus was the Robot Hall of Fame, as well as a submarine docked on the banks of the Ohio River!

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An interesting display showing the stress high heel shoes put on a woman’s ankle and foot.

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Forbes Field

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

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Danger Will Robinson….

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Pittsburgh – June 2017 – Andy Warhol Museum

Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh in 1928, living there until he went to New York in his 20s to find fame and fortune. After his death he was returned to Pittsburgh for burial along with the other members of his family.

The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh is the largest museum in North America dedicated to a single artist. Situated over 7 floors and 88,000 square feet, there are hundreds of paintings and thousands of photographs throughout on display and in the archives, covering his work chronologically starting with his earliest work on the 7th floor.

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Washington, PA – June 2017 – Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is about an hour south of downtown Pittsburgh, near the town of Washington, Pennsylvania. They are one of the oldest trolley museums in the country, having started in 1949 when the trolleys were still running. It is well worth a visit, one of the best streetcar museums I have seen, and we enjoyed our time there checking out the cars, with the bonus of going for rides.

One of their highlights is a New Orleans streetcar number 832. When New Orleans was disposing of some old streetcars to museums they ‘mistakenly’ allowed this car to go to Pennsylvania. It turned out this was the car used in the 1950s movie ‘Streetcar Named Desire’.

 

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The museum has a number of well kept ‘barns’, with numerous cars in each. The Fifth Avenue car was from the early 1900s when they were still horse drawn. The one below was used to take passengers through the week to work, and mourners to funerals on Saturdays.

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The West Penn Streetcar lines were represented.

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An interurban from Toledo.

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A newer PCC streetcar painted in the ‘PAT’ (Port Authority of Pittsburgh) colors.

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Ft Mitchell, KY – June 2017 – Ventriloquist Puppets

A small residential street in Ft Mitchell, Kentucky was the home for an amazing find, a Ventriloquist Puppet museum. The day we were there they had an open house, so the place was very busy, but the volunteers were enthusiastic and helpful in making sure everyone enjoyed their visit. It is known as having the largest collection in the world, with three small buildings full of puppets.

Freaky or fabulous, this is a stop that is highly recommended.

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Cleveland – June 2017 – Parade the Circle

A hot sunny Saturday found us back in University Circle in Cleveland for the Parade the Circle, an annual event sponsored by the Museum of Art. The parade is a celebration of art,, with hundreds of people participating.

This year’s theme was “Collage: A composition of often disparate elements collected and altered to complete a vision.” A photographers paradise, and with the backdrop of the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, the results were great (although I am not sure why there were so many people on stilts ­čÖé

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Cleveland – May 2017 – An Afternoon in University Circle

The University Circle neighborhood in Cleveland is the home to most of the major museums in the city, the Cultural Gardens and Case Western Reserve University.

 

The Cultural Gardens is a collection of 31 unique Nationality gardens, most with sculptures interspersed with the plantings. Unfortunately we only had time to visit a handful.

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A residential neighborhood near Case Western Reserve University is home to Hessler Court – an amazing little street that is made out of wood. Known as Nicolson Pavement, the wood block construction was popular in the mid 1800s. Now less than 5 remain in America, and Cleveland is home to one. It is smooth and quiet.

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The Cleveland Botanical Gardens roses were in full bloom.

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Sculpture in front of the Botanical Gardens.

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Nearby they were having stilt walking lessons.

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