austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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austin_dern

Well, from Carol's house up on Telegraph Hill

You know what? Let's take in some pictures from the Calhoun County Fair.

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Some of past fair program books on display in the historical museum section. I particularly like how the 1880s covers are set in the 1880s Typeface, like you see on book covers of the time and the occasional building inscription.


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More of the Calhoun County Fair's own history: tokens for rides and probably also redemption game tries. It does make me feel a bit bad that the lineage of this has come to an end. I suppose there are still ride tickets, but they're not customized to any fair or year or anything, and a pay-one-price wristband isn't custom-fitted to any year either.


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Old prizes from the fair, including a ``Chalk-Ware Elephant and Bunny won at the Calhoun County Fair in 1951.'' There's a lot of stuff like this on display --- notice the Kewpie dolls beneath --- but I know my readers here.


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Commercial art turning into fairground art: mural made up of candy bar wrappers, many of them not local or from limited-edition runs. Up top on the center is a candy tied to Cedar Point's Top Thrill Dragster roller coaster. Elsewhere on the mural (not in picture) is the wrapper for the Star Trek: First Contact movie chocolate bars. That sort of thing.


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The merry-go-round, running at a good six rotations per minute just as it had a few weeks earlier in Fremont, here seen going into warp.


Trivia: In 807, the Sultan Harun ar-Rashid --- the sultan depicted in The Thousand And One Nights --- sent to Charlemagne a number of gifts, including a brass water clock that rang the hours. Source: The Calendar: The 5000-Year Struggle To Align The Clock An The Heavens --- And What Happend To The Missing Ten Days, David Ewing Duncan.

Currently Reading: Barnaby, Volume 3, Crockett Johnson.

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