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Car Vending Machine

Thousands of dollars to buy a car, hundreds more to travel to the location, picking up your new car from a vending machine priceless.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Nov 14, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Buildings and Other Structures, Retailing, Transportation



Here is an old British toy that had a lot of good intentions, but also some unanticipated drawbacks.

Buildings were constructed on allegedly waterproof waxed card bases. The bricks etc. were stuck together with a mortar made from a mixture of flour and chalk powder. It required a great amount of skill to erect buildings accurately, very time-consuming and beyond the patience of most of the children it was aimed at (8 to 14 years). Especially so in cold houses (as most British homes then were) it would take several days for the building to 'set'. Reusing the components involved a process of dunking the entire model in a large bowl of warm water. After the model fell apart the bricks and plaster pieces required lengthy rinsing to remove all organic traces to prevent mould growing on them.

I wonder how well they sold in the USA, as touted in the ad below, from Boys Life for September 1948.


Fan page.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Sep 20, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Buildings and Other Structures, Toys, Children, Europe, Twentieth Century

Rainbow City

Palmitas Mexico has been beautified by Germen Crew, described as an alternative art group, at the government's request. The rainbow paint job is having great effects on the city too, including a reduction in crime. Sounds like a good idea well implemented.

Great-Grandpa Is Buried Where?

The GM factory in Detroit contains an old Jewish Cemetery. When GM acquired the land they agreed to leave the cemetery,which has had no burials since the '40s, intact. The company allows visitors just twice a year due to security concerns.

Pole in the Road

This image comes from Bulgaria. The story behind it, as far as I can figure out from the Bulgarian site (with help from Google Translate), is that the pole can be found on a road in the municipality of Tran. The road was recently expanded, but since the pole was owned by the electrical company, the municipality didn't have the right to remove it. So they simply poured the road around it. However, the municipality notes that they have now filed the necessary paperwork to remove the pole, and they hope all the documents will be processed promptly.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue May 05, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Buildings and Other Structures, Government, Regulations

The More Things Change..

...The more they stay the same. A sinkhole developed on a city street in Dublin. The reason being there was a 19th century tunnel running between what was then the building housing Parliament and a brothel. Politicians and sex scandals are timeless.
Posted By: patty | Date: Thu Apr 02, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Buildings and Other Structures, Politics, Nineteenth Century, Sex

Three Alarm Fire At Fire Extinguisher Factory

Its like rain on your wedding day. A fire at the fire extinguisher factory, isn't it ironic.

Hotel Crane

This crane had become an eye sore that seemed unlikely to be renovated. Now it is a successful hotel of luxury suites.
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Jan 09, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Architecture, Buildings and Other Structures

Octagon Houses


For a brief time in the USA, eight-sided houses were a thing. Based on the crackpot theories of one fellow.

The example above can be found in my native Rhode Island. I used to marvel at it all the time when I was younger.

Read the history here.

Order a book here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Oct 20, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Buildings and Other Structures, Eccentrics, Nineteenth Century
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