Sunday, January 27, 2008

Movieland Wax Museum- Marx Brothers Then and Now

Over at my other blog, Houses of Wax, I just posted an article on Movieland Wax Museum's Animal Crackers set. The set was bought by a fan and carefully reassembled. There are several photos showing before and after images. Check it out here.


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Big Shoe Repair

931 Chester Ave Bakersfield, CA 93301

There's much to say about roadside Vernacular Architecture, and the Big Shoe Repair building in Bakersfield California sums it all up in a single picture (Although I'll include three). It is unfortunate that vandals think the building makes a better graffiti canvas than a piece of art. The poor quality of the cover ups also distract from the beauty of the building. But even so, one can't help but admire the originality of the architecture.

A close up of the top of the building. Rope makes a nice shoelace. I wasn't expecting the building to maintain this special detail, but was pleasantly surprised at its appearance.

From another angle the graffiti doesn't look as imposing. I'm so glad this artifact from the 1940's still remains for now. (Although these shots are from 2006)