Columbus – October 2017 – A Day at the Zoo

The Columbus Zoo was sponsoring a car show, which seems a bit strange, but then again they do commercialize a lot of things.

The cars were quite nice, and with the water park and other amusement rides providing interesting backgrounds, it was a good day for a car show. Plus there were animals later.

2017 10 01 88 Columbus Zoo.JPG

 

 

2017 10 01 112 Columbus Zoo.JPG

 

 

2017 10 01 118 Columbus Zoo.JPG

 

 

2017 10 01 124 Columbus Zoo.JPG

 

 

2017 10 01 128 Columbus Zoo.JPG

 

 

2017 10 01 136 Columbus Zoo.JPG

 

 

2017 10 01 164 Columbus Zoo.JPG

 

 

 

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.

IMG_7571.JPG

 

The gymnasium make a great setting.

IMG_7578.JPG

 

Sliding doors!

IMG_7595.JPG

 

IMG_7621.JPG

 

The had cars stacked 3 high in some places.

IMG_7753.JPG

 

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

IMG_7939.JPG

 

IMG_8003.JPG

 

A Rambler with a Ferrari engine.

IMG_8029.JPG

Dayton – April 2017 – America’s Packard Museum Revisited

Since we were running ahead on our day in Dayton, we made a return visit to the America’s Packard Museum. We had visited this museum a couple of years ago and were pleasantly surprised to see they had completely rearranged the automobiles on display, swapping out many of them for others in their collection.

 

2017 04 08 102 Dayton Packard Museum.JPG

 

 

The post war collection has been greatly enhanced as well.

2017 04 08 111 Dayton Packard Museum.JPG

 

2017 04 08 117 Dayton Packard Museum.JPG

 

As always with Packard’s there is an amazing collection of hood ornaments.

2017 04 08 137 Dayton Packard Museum.JPG

 

Located in a former Packard Dealership in downtown Dayton, the entire place gives off a feel of travelling in time (luxury time travel at that). There are few locations that are as good to visit a second time, but the Packard Museum is one of them.

2017 04 08 84 Dayton Packard Museum.JPG

Dayton – April 2017 – Porsche Gathering

We found ourselves in Dayton on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, checking out another transportation museum (in other posts), when someone came in looking for an event hall. He explained to the ladies at the counter he was late for a Porsche Club gathering.

Having heard that there were ‘a hundred’ Porsche’s just parked on the street a block away we headed down. And it was true, there were Porsche’s everywhere in the old Dayton neighborhood surround Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School.

2017 04 08 151 Dayton Porsche Gathering.JPG

 

2017 04 08 153 Dayton Porsche Gathering.JPG

 

2017 04 08 157 Dayton Porsche Gathering.JPG

 

2017 04 08 160 Dayton Porsche Gathering.JPG

Cleveland – March 2017 – Piston Power

This mid March Sunday was another cold, dreary one, so the decision was made to go to yet another car show. This one was back at the IX Center in Cleveland, but the thought was ‘better than sitting around the house’.

Billed as the Piston Powered Show, it turned out to be far far more than a car show. Their motto is ‘anything with a piston’, but in reality there was even more than that.

Among the categories seen: Classic Wood Boats from the 1940s and 1950s, Airplanes, Motorcycles, Bicycles, Trucks, a huge collection of cars, custom vans, small train maintenance cars, model building competition, art competition, a large display that someone made with matchsticks, a bumper car made into a go cart, a small soap box derby hill with racers, old campers, construction equipment, military equipment and one lonely snowmobile.

After 6 miles of walking around this massive hall, we went home agreeing this was one of the best shows we had ever seen.

2017 03 19 16 Cleveland Piston Powered Show.JPG

 

 

2017 03 19 18 Cleveland Piston Powered Show.JPG

 

 

2017 03 19 82 Cleveland Piston Powered Show.JPG

 

 

2017 03 19 88 Cleveland Piston Powered Show.JPG

 

 

2017 03 19 104 Cleveland Piston Powered Show.JPG

 

 

2017 03 19 111 Cleveland Piston Powered Show.JPG

 

 

2017 03 19 120 Cleveland Piston Powered Show.JPG

 

 

2017 03 19 180 Cleveland Piston Powered Show.JPG

 

 

2017 03 19 186 Cleveland Piston Powered Show.JPG

 

 

2017 03 19 194 Cleveland Piston Powered Show.jpg

 

 

2017 03 19 210 Cleveland Piston Powered Show.JPG

 

 

2017 03 19 242 Cleveland Piston Powered Show.JPG

 

 

2017 03 19 254 Cleveland Piston Powered Show.JPG

 

 

2017 03 19 280 Cleveland Piston Powered Show.JPG

 

 

2017 03 19 173 Cleveland Piston Powered Show.JPG

New Bremen, OH – March 2017 – Bicycle Museum of America

The very small town of New Bremen, Ohio sits in far western Ohio, not far from Indiana. It is a very unlikely place for a world class bicycle museum, but it is there, the Bicycle Museum of America. 

2017 03 18 118 New Bremen OH Bicycle Museum of America.JPG

 

The museum’s content was purchased by Jim Dicke, who owns Crown Equipment Corporation. Crown’s primary business is fork lifts, and business must be good because it allowed Jim to purchase the collection from the Schwinn family which had displayed it on the Navy Pier in Chicago.

2017 03 18 76 New Bremen OH Bicycle Museum of America.JPG

 

Among their holdings is the oldest existing bicycle in America, built in 1815. Their collection of pre 1900 bikes is amazing. Also of note is the collection of bicycles that challenged standard engineering, including direct drive bikes, one with a massive gear in front, spikes for riding on ice, and many others.

2017 03 18 115 New Bremen OH Bicycle Museum of America.JPG

 

 

2017 03 18 121 New Bremen OH Bicycle Museum of America.JPG

 

The first floor has the showpieces, a collection of 1800s bikes including some high wheeled ones.

2017 03 18 125 New Bremen OH Bicycle Museum of America.JPG

 

On the upper level is a nice display of Ohio made bicycles, as well as some Whizzers.

2017 03 18 93 New Bremen OH Bicycle Museum of America.JPG

 

2017 03 18 69 New Bremen OH Bicycle Museum of America.JPG

 

2017 03 18 45 New Bremen OH Bicycle Museum of America.JPG

 

The day we were there they opened the lower level where they store the others not normally shown. While impressive, it pales in comparison to the quantity that we saw at Bicycle Heaven in Pittsburgh. This is no way takes away from the stunning collection upstairs. It is clear Bicycle Heaven has the quantity, this museum has the quality. Both are well worth a visit, and spectacular in their own way.

This was our second visit, and I am certain it won’t be our last.

2017 03 18 65 New Bremen OH Bicycle Museum of America.JPG

Delphos, OH – March 2017 – Postal Museum

The small northwest Ohio town of Delphos, like all American towns has a post office. But Delphos goes one better, they have one of 3 Postal Museums in the country. Their long time postmaster, Gary Levitt, started collection Postal Memorabilia and displayed it in the post office lobby until it became too large, so it was moved to a former horse livery.

As you enter the museum you are greeted by a large elephant covered in stamps, along with a mural depicting the town and a postal wagon.

2017 03 18 226 Delphos OH Postal Museum.JPG

 

One of the first exhibits shows an older postal office, complete with the sorting bins, tables, and a great looking old bell.

2017 03 18 229 Delphos OH Postal Museum.JPG

 

Throughout the museum are a number of old stamp machines. Once ubiquitous, they are now a relic of the past. Many have a classic elegance to them.

Also located in the museum are hundreds of thousands of stamps from various collections.

2017 03 18 240 Delphos OH Postal Museum.JPG

 

A number of postal based toys are included in the exhibits.

2017 03 18 247 Delphos OH Postal Museum.JPG

 

The highlights of the museum are the antique postal delivery vehicles including a sled, a wagon and a number of small 3 wheeled scooters.

2017 03 18 245 Delphos OH Postal Museum.JPG

 

2017 03 18 256 Delphos OH Postal Museum.JPG