Thursday, July 17, 2014

Damn, did I get lucky or what!!???

I've been searching eBay for years looking for Downers Grove stuff, junk, memorabilia, junk. I have never come across this license plate frame before. Can this be the only one in the world? Can it be the treasure I think it is??
I can't begin to imagine all the uses that there are for a prize like this,,, besides going on the front of a car.
I already have a few of these. Their role is to be fixed to the top of a license plate frame. In this instance that would be redundant.

                                                                       WOW!


Monday, June 30, 2014

Rotaryfest or is it Rotary Fest or is it? The Downers Grove Carnival!

Rotary Fest is over for this year. It is walking distance so I always spend some time there. It is difficult to get much done in town that week end so one might as well go to Rotaryfest. I did take a few pictures.
I did spend 10 Dollars for Alligator on a stick. It was dry, too salty and in my opinion over priced. Speaking of prices why aren't prices posted?
                                              "The Heart Attack", fair warning.

                                          I always enjoy the car show. It's free to see.

If you get to the car show in the morning it is usually not hot yet. Car shows like this can be brutal in the sun.

After I saw what there was to see at the car show I walked through the ride section of Rotary Fest and caught a glimpse of the carnies getting their instructions and pep talk for the day.
The Ring of Fire is one of the scarier rides and I thought I would take a closer look at it.




You will never get me on that thing. I have flown in a number of vintage aircraft but you will never get me on that thing.

The ride is held up with strong wire, chains and binders. Those are the red things attached to the chain. I spent a few summers as a truck driver when I was going to school and this is not the way we set the binders.This is a video on the use of the binders. Pay close attention to what he says about making the bind more secure. 

Normally to make the binders more secure the chain is wrapped around the handle to keep it tight and to avoid any possibility of the binder popping open. When the ride is in operation these wires, chains and binders do a bit of vibrating and shaking.

After bringing this to the attention of the RotaryFest people the binders were wrapped in chain.  In what manner was this ride checked for safe operation?



Sunday, June 1, 2014

A Cloverleaf Dairy clip board with a calendar. It still works! No batteries needed!!

           Today is June 1 and the calendar from 1950 is right on. It needs no batteries!

The Downers Grove Centennial was in 1932. I have a ribbon to prove it.


Some who participated in this event must still be around.


Wouldn't it be something if the person wearing this ribbon was also riding in the car with this license plate.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Chickens are coming back to Downers Grove! Cock a Doodle DOOOoooooo!

A century ago the big name in chicken coops was Potter. The Potter Company was at the end of the commuter line, Downers Grove, and supplied many of our chicken needs. The Potter house still stands today.
This catalog is 128 pages long and has everything one needs to raise chickens. Do our new chicken farmers know what they are getting into?
Perhaps there will be a Chicken Club again with it's attendant awards.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Downers Grove citizens speak up, "Keep your God Damn gumint hands off our plastic bags!!!"

 THE OFFENDING GARBAGE BAGS ARE NO LONGER THERE.   In a show of unity the good folks of Downers Grove demonstrated to big and little "gumint",with a park way protest. To let all the world know that they won't part with their plastic bags the protesters tied plastic bags to parkway trees.
Some might call it ugly but others call it a beautiful exercise in free speech. Power to the people!
"The plastic bags will have to pried from our cold dead fingers before we give them up!"                   Show your support now by tying your plastic bags to parkway trees.
                                                 URINE!? How did they get it in the bag?