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Toy T-Birds

How much do we love it when a dozen Shriners don their fezzes, dress up in uniform yellow shirts and bolo ties and then cram themselves into matching mini 1965 Thunderbirds and parade down the avenue?!

I want to live in a world where this happens a little more often.

These little cars give compact a whole new meaning. Where do the Shriners put their legs? Where did they get those baby birds, anyway? They all kept their fezzes, but what happened to the cars?

Here’s to the Shriners, their toy T-birds and YOU!

Charles Phoenix
July 13, 2011
Los Angeles, CA

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Chicago Freedomland Fire

The legendary Chicago Fire of 1871 was one of the star attractions at Freedomland USA. The short-lived early American history theme park was located just thirty minutes from the heart of New York City in the Bronx. It opened in 1960 and closed in 1964.

The park was laid out in the shape of the United States and was four times the cost and size of Disneyland, its obvious inspiration and model for success. Several attractions bore a sticking resemblance to those found 3000 miles away at the Magic Kingdom. What a coincidence!

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Mashall Field Window

Paisley prints, palm fronds, wicker monkeys and a shirt-waist dressed mannequin having a moment with a banana. And why not? Bananas are good, and good for us! Bananas on an overflowing bowl of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, frozen bananas, banana splits, Banana’s Foster (a flaming dessert created in New Orleans in 1951), and banana pudding - all Americana classics!

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