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Tony’s Old Ladies Vintage Radio Museum

Tony’s Old Ladies Vintage Radio Museum

In the middle of northern Illinois is the teeny town of Franklin Grove, home of Vietnam veteran Anthony Parks, who enjoys fixing old radios and record players. He enjoys it so much that he has his collection on display at Tony’s Old Ladies Vintage Radio Museum, which you admit is...

Decoy Museum, Maryland

Decoy Museum, Maryland

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. There’s a museum for just about everything. And I wasn’t lying. In Havre de Grace, Maryland there is a museum dedicated to “working decoys” (you know those things that sit in the water and attract ducks). Apparently duck hunting is popular...

Bakelite Museum, Britain’s largest collection of vintage plastics

Bakelite Museum, Britain’s largest collection of vintage plastics

Feb 5 in 1909 Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland announced the creation of Bakelite, the world’s first synthetic plastic. And the world has never been the same since. The scientist was already a millionaire thanks to the sale of his photographic paper patent to Kodak, but phenol-formaldehyde (the not-so nice name...

Youngtown Rock & Roll Museum, Canada

Youngtown Rock & Roll Museum, Canada

I couldn’t let Neil Young‘s 70th birthday pass by without mentioning there is an actual museum dedicated to him. Neil might have sung about “a town in north Ontario” in the song “Helpless” but he spent part of his childhood in what is more like south-central Ontario, in the town...

Hearthstone House in Appleton, Wisconsin

Hearthstone House in Appleton, Wisconsin

If you’ve read this blog long enough, then you already know how much I love historic house museums (read my thoughts on the topic here). Maybe not all old houses should be turned into museums, but the Hearthstone House in Appleton, Wisconsin is an exception. It was the first residence...

Leila Cohoon, Founder of Leila’s Hair Museum

Leila Cohoon, Founder of Leila’s Hair Museum

Leila Cohoon, founder of Leila’s Hair Museum in Independence, Mo. No, you won’t find curling irons and bump its at Leila’s Hair Salon Museum. Instead visitors marvel at 159 wreaths and 2000 pieces of jewelry made out of human hair. Great way to recycle your hair after you have a...

Dedham Historical Society, Home of the Metcalf Chair

Dedham Historical Society, Home of the Metcalf Chair

If you’re up late at night wondering where the oldest surviving American-made chair is located, well, I have the answer you’ve long been waiting for. Outside of Boston, Massachusetts is the Dedham Historical Society, home of the Metcalf Chair, made in 1652 during the Colonial Era. Its date is even...

Mini Cake Museum, Cake Lady – Frances Kuyper

Mini Cake Museum, Cake Lady – Frances Kuyper

I dedicate this Mini Cake Museum post to my 900th follower mark2wen (or maybe it’s hopeluststeam). It’s such a special occasion, so why not eat some cake? Okay, the cake might be made of Styrofoam, but the icing is real…and it’s the thought that counts. In the 1970s “Cake Lady”...

Kewpee, Racine, Wisconsin

Kewpee, Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin may have a fancy art museum, but it is also home to a Kewpee. Open since 1923, Kewpee is one of the earliest franchises of hamburger fast-food restaurants. In the 1920s there were over 200 restaurants in the Midwest and East; and by World War II the number...

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