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Beyootieful! I hope to get back to Glacier one of these years--kiddo and I visited in 2019.



On our rallies, we call those "ghost signs." Ever since we had to pick them out, I've been noticing them a lot more on road trips. It's like a history lesson.
They are everywhere in the plains here, mostly unused and fading away, like the small towns and intricate web of rail lines that used to service them.

Lots of "ghosts".
 
They are everywhere in the plains here, mostly unused and fading away, like the small towns and intricate web of rail lines that used to service them.

Lots of "ghosts".
Lots of two-lane rural roads have them. And so do some of the cities with a history going back more than a century. We found this in Jamestown, NY, atop the old Jamestown Furniture Expo building (which was a checkpoint). Although this was the rally prior to looking for ghost signs.

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This from the Great River Road rally, from Blytheville AR:

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Some a little more modern than others. Both of the following from Nauvoo, IL.

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...or older:

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Hickman, KY...not far from both the Tennessee and Missouri borders. (I think we were supposed to take the ferry from Dorena Landing in Missouri but it was not running that day.) This one is really ghosty!

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Lots of two-lane rural roads have them. And so do some of the cities with a history going back more than a century. We found this in Jamestown, NY, atop the old Jamestown Furniture Expo building (which was a checkpoint). Although this was the rally prior to looking for ghost signs.

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This from the Great River Road rally, from Blytheville AR:

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Some a little more modern than others. Both of the following from Nauvoo, IL.

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...or older:

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Hickman, KY...not far from both the Tennessee and Missouri borders. (I think we were supposed to take the ferry from Dorena Landing in Missouri but it was not running that day.) This one is really ghosty!

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The Jamestown Furniture Co. furnished cabinets for Thomas A. Edison Co. Inc., including this one in my collection.

Originally manufactured for the Edison Diamond Disc "Sheridan Inlay" Phonograph model beautifully furnished in Sapele; aka striped or ribbon mahogany.

Edison was forced to cancel the large order due to the economic depression following WWI. Jamestown eventually sold off the remaining inventory they were stuck with at auction and some enterprising dealer outfitted at least a few of them with generic works and a birch horn.

This is one very rare example of a handful (3 or 4) of documented extant versions. This cabinet was never drilled/machined at the Edison factory to fit the Diamond Disc mechanism and horn assemblies.


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Ghosts and old stuff. Hit the Nanton Canadian Bomber Command museum on the way south but unfortunately, got there just as it was closing.

Apparently they have a Spitfire in there (being rebuilt), a Mosquito bomber and a flyable Lancaster. I stuck my head in the door a got a quick shot of the Lancaster.

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The Jamestown Furniture Co. furnished cabinets for Thomas A. Edison Co. Inc., including this one in my collection.
It was interesting to read how Jamestown was a hub of furniture makers back in the day. The Exposition building (aka the Furniture Mart Building) was where many of them displayed their wares.


There is a book about the Jamestown furniture industry that I should read. I would think it'd include something about the Edison cabinetry made by Jamestown Furniture Co.
 
It was interesting to read how Jamestown was a hub of furniture makers back in the day. The Exposition building (aka the Furniture Mart Building) was where many of them displayed their wares.


There is a book about the Jamestown furniture industry that I should read. I would think it'd include something about the Edison cabinetry made by Jamestown Furniture Co.
I met an avid antique phono collector/historian guy named Andy at the New Jersey antique phono show in 2016, who was doing research for a book on wood working manufacturers of the 19th/early 20th century.

We spoke about Jamestown in depth but, my memory ain't what it used to be. Very interesting topic for me.
 
Accomodations for the weekend - the 97yr old Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton AB. When we rolled up we were greeted by a few people taking pics of a Grizzly that was getting a little too close, one of the (kilt wearing) staff came out with bear spray to move him further out.

Beautifully original post and beam structure featuring small rooms with no air, no TV, but the fantastic view below, and a fresh breese off the lake that make this room perfect! The end of that lake would be Glacier National Park in Montana.

I am going to enjoy this.

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Accomodations for the weekend - the 97yr old Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton AB. When we rolled up we were greeted by a few people taking pics of a Grizzly that was getting a little too close, one of the (kilt wearing) staff came out with bear spray to move him further out.

Beautifully original post and beam structure featuring small rooms with no air, no TV, but the fantastic view below, and a fresh breese off the lake that make this room perfect! The end of that lake would be Glacier National Park in Montana.

I am going to enjoy this.

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Oh man, what a beautiful locale.
 
Some pics from our morning walk.

Doubt this was painted in 1925 but I don’t remember a hardware store ever being in the location.
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They don’t make ‘em like this anymore.
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The post office that looks more like a small town sheriff’s office/jail.
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Cool city bike
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The ubiquitous orange day lily
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Cool looking variety
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2nd hand piano we’ve just acquired for my daughter.
Interestingly, I sold a piano here, back around 2011 or so. I think I'd listed it on eBay, or maybe Craigslist (which is like a local free classifieds ads listing site here in the US). I had an email I thought was a scam, but turns out the buyer lived in California, but his family lived back here in Michigan. His daughter was using a cheap synthesizer and wanted a "real" piano, and we cut a deal for $600. (Turns out the buyer worked in the motion picture industry in "craft services," which is basically food catering on the sets of television and motion picture studios).

The interesting part is that if I would have waited until now, I wouldn't have been able to sell it at all. Unless the piano is some sort of rarity or expensive brand (like Steinway), people can't even give them away now. Ours was a Baldwin Acrosonic from the mid 1960s, but even there, these pianos sit on the listing sites with no takers.
 
We got this one for free. It's only cost us the price of the removals company to collect it from storage, and bring it to our house. This specific model is selling 2nd hand in the UK for £2,500.

 
We got this one for free. It's only cost us the price of the removals company to collect it from storage, and bring it to our house. This specific model is selling 2nd hand in the UK for £2,500.

The finish on that piano is fantastic! And the price was right. 👍

I moved our piano three times. It was not a pleasant process. When I sold it, some pros came and moved it. They made it look easy...but they also do this for a living. With us, it was a rental piano dolly and a moving truck (along with other furniture).
 
Mugs and I were walking at Matthaei, came around a corner and two young Redtail Hawks were drying their wings on a dead branch above the trail.

We stayed very quiet, tried to sneak up on them to get some pictures, and managed a few. Of course, as I only had my iPhone, I kept trying to get closer to get a better shot. One was not afraid of us in the least, and at one point we both walked under it, I'm guessing it was only 6-8 feet over my head.



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Mugs and I were walking at Matthaei, came around a corner and two young Redtail Hawks were drying their wings on a dead branch above the trail.

We stayed very quiet, tried to sneak up on them to get some pictures, and managed a few. Of course, as I only had my iPhone, I kept trying to get closer to get a better shot. One was not afraid of us in the least, and at one point we both walked under it, I'm guessing it was only 6-8 feet over my head.



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Very cool.
 
This popped up from 2015. The Richmond end of the trail, which is the closest/fastest point for me.

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The furthest I've gone from this point was downtown Rochester, 26 miles each way. If I'd had more energy, I might have attempted tacking on 10 miles each way and taking in the Paint Creek Trail.

I have other photos that might pop up from 2015. I had more time and flexibility back then, as I was able to take half a day during weekdays and visit many trails in the area. I miss getting out there, but with my current schedule I just can't get enough hours together in a day and, if I take on a second job, that time will further erode. 😐
 
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