If you are like many of us, you enjoy watching
the fun and popular TV show
Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz comb
the American countryside
looking for rusty treasures of the past.
Those of us who follow regularly
will remember that previous episodes
had Danielle Colby Cushman,
the spicy tattooed office manager/secretary,
searching for store space in Nashville, Tennessee.
Danielle located this old factory
in an industrial district of Nashville
Mike and Frank were excited about the location
because of it's historical significance.
It was home to the former Marathon Motor Company.
Marathon Motor Company built the only
automobile actually built in Nashville.
The Marathon Automobile was manufactured
from 1911 thru 1914.
My daughter, Hollie and I arrived
a little after noon
the Saturday before Memorial Day.
The store was already full
and a line of people were waiting to get in.
Fire codes limited the number
of people allowed inside.
It was a beautiful day, not too hot.
The shop generously provided the umbrellas you see.
After about twenty minutes, it was Hollie's and my
turn to enter. Hollie got shy on me.
Didn't want to appear in print.
The old car door is such a neat entry sign.
The first thing we saw was this neat antique drum set.
I immediately thought about my grandson Jon,
who is majoring in music
at Belmont University, Nashville.
It was an "Oh, I wish he were here!" moment.
Eye Candy everywhere. So much to see!
There was so much here, it was hard to
know where to start.
What are you looking at, fellow?
One thing I knew, I was not starting here!
I refuse to step upon that thing.
Unless it will record my weight
from the fifties! I remember
weighing on these and receiving my fortune.
I am still waiting for those lottery winnings.
Wonder, the price per gallon
when this baby was pumping gas?
Even I don't remember this one in use.
OK! This one I remember.
Hmmm, thirty cents per gallon. Maybe less!
Since we seem to in "gasoline alley", do you think
the Marathon autos had to use special Marathon gas?
That would mean I have to use Toyota gas!
Alright, I am tired of this section!
The only fuel needed here is pedal power.
This so neat. I have seen, only one person,
outside of the circus, ride one of these.
He thought he was a big deal.
He wasn't really, he just
had a "big wheel".
Hey Mister! What are you looking at?
HOLLIE! Get off that quacker.
You know I'm out of dimes!Hollie loved the bulldog. They may live
in Tennessee but they are UGA fans.
I mean over the top, Christmas tree, fans.
She informed me and the dog
that he wasn't an English Bulldog,
therefore he wasn't really a bulldog.
If you are from Georgia,
Great chippy table for all you chippy girls.
Had to throw this in. Neat reproduction
industrial light with Edison type bulb.
There were lots of neat lights.
I had to tell Hollie that this was a time clock.
Not sure if she has ever had
to punch one but I sure did.
The card was punched in that slot in the center.
Did you spy the reason everyone was looking up?
I'm going up! Hollie, come quick.
I need a boost.
It's Piggly Wiggly and he loves me!
Before we left, Piggly and I
had our carnival photos made.
How many of you still have these photos?
I do, somewhere. Remember, you leaned into
the lens and your face came out
all rounded and distorted. Maybe you made faces
and stuck out your tongue. I did!
You know, tongues are ugly.
|I don't have to "weight" on you, I am passing you by!|
He is still looking. Fellow, he doesn't mean YOU!
We saw no celebrities but we had fun. We were cheapskates, we didn't purchase anything.
The antiques were very
pricey and not to my personal taste. We didn't
see anyone else purchase the big ticket items.
The market was fast and furious
for logo merchandise.
I stopped making those purchases long ago
when I ran out of bottom bureau drawers.
We decided that the antiques were props
for presenting the promotional merchandise
but it was a fun outing together.
I hope you enjoyed coming along
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