Photographer's Note

On the trip up Highway 55 to Chicago from St. Louis, we have started to make a visit to this antique mall (basically an antique co-op, lots of vendors set up in the same place) a habit. They started out a few years back with just a pink elephant and an old sign, but their menagerie of large scale, eye-catching objects has grown considerably. Now it is hard to see them all in one photograph! Their most recent acquisition was this giant ice cream cone building, labeled TWISTEE TREAT. Ironically, the giant man in the blue swimming trunks has his own ice cream cone in his hand. The proprietors of the mall said they will actually be selling ice cream from this building very soon. It was not open for business yet, however, there was a man working on setting it all up - you can see him trying to avoid my camera lens in the right hand lower corner of the photo.

He kept ducking me, I guess he thought he might mess up my shot, or he is wanted by the FBI. He probably thinks he was out of the picture in this one...

Anyway, this antique mall is located on old Highway 66 near Livingston, Illinois, not real far from St. Louis. It occupies the old grade school, most of the booths are in the gymnasium - there is a lot of stuff, so it takes a good hour or more to browse through all the interesting, vintage and antique things. I shot a panorama of the inside, but it's going to take some work to get right.

You can see a shot of most of the items they display outside, including the Pink Elephant if you click here.

Have a great weekend - Happy Independence Day to all our American members!

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Additional Photos by Reed Radcliffe (rlrad) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 250 W: 18 N: 393] (1845)
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