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The Devil’s Rope Museum

I just returned from a cross-country road trip — visited family on the East Coast then drove back home to Phoenix, which recently became my home. Along the way I stopped at the "Devil's Rope and Route 66 Museum" in McLean, Texas, located on the I-40 east of Amarillo. 'Devil's Rope' is a term for barbed wire.



I hadn't expected the barbed wire section of the museum to be very interesting. I stopped to see the Route 66 memorabilia. But the barbed wire display turned out to be the better part of the museum. Definitely worth checking out if you're ever in the area.

As one might expect, the museum had a lot of info about the use of barbed wire in cattle farming. But it also included a large section about military uses of barbed wire.

Barbed Wire Cutter during World War I



How to build a 'Knife Rest' - War Department, Jan 1944



There were also random oddities, such as a barbed wire hat and boot.

"Hat made by Kevin Compton in 1985. Made from Burnell Four Point Barbed Wire found on the west side of the Rio Grande River near Dixon, New Mexico."





"Barb-Wire Boot"



And in the entrance to the museum, one could view samples of dirt collected from every county in Texas.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jun 05, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Museums, Farming

The Torre Galatea Museum

Created by---who else?--Salvador Dali.

A nice write-up with more pix at this link.


Posted By: Paul - Mon May 09, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Surrealism, Museums, Europe, Twentieth Century

The Poo Machine

An oldie but goodie, perhaps not seen by newer WU-vies.



Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 25, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Museums, Technology, Excrement

Olfactory Art Keller

A small new gallery in NYC that features smell exhibits.

Read about it here.

Their homepage.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 07, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Art, Museums, Smells and Odors

The Haus-Rucker-Co Live Exhibition



Source.

View the official catalog for this happening here.

One of the catalog pages below.





Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 04, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Pop Art, Museums, 1970s

International Banana Museum

The International Banana Museum, in Mecca, CA, boasts that it's the home of "25,000 banana-related items and pictures."



I think the location of the museum is odder than the idea of the museum itself. Mecca is just a tiny desert community located at the northern tip of the Salton Sea. No bananas grow anywhere near it.

The California Curiosities site explains how the museum ended up being there: because the owner of the museum, Fred Garbutt, saw a collection of banana memorabilia for sale on eBay and figured that a banana museum might generate some publicity for his struggling liquor store.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Aug 21, 2021 - Comments (5)
Category: Museums, Bananas

Viktor Wynd



Read the whole article here. His new book about his collections is behind the link below.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 26, 2020 - Comments ()
Category: Eccentrics, Museums, United Kingdom

Umbrella Cover Museum

Nancy 3. Hoffman is a self-confessed eccentric. For a start, she decided to legally change her middle name to '3'. She's a professional accordion player, which is definitely an unusual occupation. And then she created the world's only Umbrella Cover Museum on Peaks Island, Maine in 1996. The museum is still going strong. Due to Covid, it had an outdoor exhibit this year.

Back in 2012, Guinness recognized Nancy 3 for having the largest collection of umbrella covers in the world. At the time that was 730. She now has around 2000 covers.

More info: Maine Today, twitter



Posted By: Alex - Sat Sep 05, 2020 - Comments (4)
Category: Museums, Collectors

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