austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Props to my peeps and please keep your receipts

I overcame my sadness enough to write my humor blog this week. Here's the things:

This past year I've tried taking a good number of pictures at Marvin's each time I'm there because, sheesh, who knows when will be the last time?


Another shot from near the front of Marvin's, and the change machine that always spills quarters onto the floor for me. Also some of the fortunte-telling machines.


Goodyear Blimp dipping rather dangerously from the ceiling.


Among the baffling things on the walls: a sign for the Zoolympics With Sparky, and a mechanical Monkey Band that, so far as I know, doesn't actually work.


This is, I think, the far back of Marvin's, but you understand why I can get mixed up sometimes. I have no memory of seeing that Steak House thing in the lower right but it obviously must be there.


Close-up of one of the many magician advertising posters, this one playing up the work that Carter the Great does with demons. The ones around his shoulder are adorable and even the full-sized demons are oddly cute and personable.


A ... Titanic bell. Just hanging out there. It's got to be a replica, right?

Trivia: On the 3rd of July, 1907, his second day as chief engineer of AT&T, John J Carty would order the stopping of all work on ``French'' style phone receivers, with transmitter and receiver in a single unit, which had been used in experimental installations before then, citing the ``grave reasons'' needed to avoid creating demand for such units. Source: Telephone: The First Hundred Years, John Brooks. (The ``grave reasons'' seem to be that French-style handsets would cost more to manufacture.)

Currently Reading: The Fascinating World of Graph Theory, Arthur Benjamin, Gary Chartrand, Ping Zhang.

Tags: humor, marvin's marvelous mechanical museum

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