Monday, April 14, 2008

Jenny Rose Restaurant

35555 Ghost Town Rd Yermo, CA 92398

You gotta love roadside signs, and the architecture of the buildings they advertise. In Yermo California, on the way to Calico Ghost Town, is the Jenny Rose Restaurant. The place is typical of the coffee shop/dinner that once ran along California's highways. Long before all of the big chains took over, these places fed hungry travellers on their way to places like Calico. This sign is a great example of the few independent restaurants that are left.

The restaurant itself. That banner seems to have out used its usefulness. I'm not a big fan of banners on the side of restaurants. They detract from the beauty of the classic architecture.

In case you didn't understand that the Jenny Rose served food, this sign shows the international symbol for "grub served here".

A close up of the sign shows the damage that time has done to to it. It's sad really.


Friday, April 04, 2008

Movieland- Kevin Costner

Here's a small set, that like many historical wax museums, shows a single figure in a simple tableau. Kevin Costner is John Dunbar in his 1990 Academy Award winning film Dances With Wolves. Most of the set is that backdrop that seems more grand with the lighting effects. Without it, the set is little more than dirt and rocks. The figure is fairly realistic, but for some reason doesn't seem to do the film, or actor justice.

An up close look at the Costner figure. It's actually a pretty decent figure. The detail is rich and it looks like him, but for some reason there's just something missing in my opinion.

The sign in front of the dirt and rocks (and tumbleweeds).

The figure ended up in Korea, at the World Wax Museum exhibit. It wasn't sold at the auction.

View more Movieland Wax Museum figures, and many others at my other blog, Houses of Wax.