This was the 2nd image taken in Manitowoc, Wisconsin after taking the ferry across Lake Michigan. The Cedar Crest cow in front of the dairy was the first. This in questionable as a Big Thing but since I’ve downed a few Bud’s in my time and I thought only fitting to add to the site.
I was searching for a Big Campbell’s Soup Can alongside the Maumee River outside Napoleon, Ohio. We spotted the can seen here on the left and thought, “Hm, not so big, but still bigger than life.” So we went to get the image. The gate to the parking lot next to the guard’s station was open. so we drove through without stopping. Using a little hustle we got this image and were returning to the car when the security officer arrived and informed us that just because the gate was up, we couldn’t simply drive through. After explaining the Mission, he said we were looking for the water tower just past the building. This is the image seen on the right.
Campbell’s Soup Big
Ohio Campbell’s Soup Bigger
These Big Loaves in Urbana, Ohio (in Champaign county by the way) were a kind of disappointment. The image seen on the left is near the entrance to the American Pan company and is in pretty good shape. The image seen on the right is in the rear of the building and is not really out for public consumption. Urbana was a great find, nice downtown and home to Urbana University. There was supposed to be a Johnny Appleseed Museum but we couldn’t find it. We did find the Mumford’s Potato Chip store on north Main Street and bought two 2 pound boxes of kettle chips, yum. Stop in if you are passing through.
Urbana Ohio Bread Rear
Urbana Ohio Bread Front
On the way to the Indiana Dunes during Fall Break we took a side trip to Toto, Indiana to get a photo of a Big Guy. Along US-31 we spotted this large ear of corn outside Rusty’s Farm Market on the side of the road. This was just before Halloween as you can probably guess.
Farm Market Corn
My thanks to Liz Bailey for Bird Dogging this Big Strawberry. Liz works as a teacher with Deb at Fishers High School. (Go Tigers!) While she lives outside Indy, she is from Vincennes and sees this Big Strawberry on her way to visit her family. The berry is out in the middle of a field, lucky for me it hadn’t rained recently.
This is kind of a famous Big Peach if you are a BigThingologist like me. I had my sights on this but just needed the opportunity. And or course that came on the way home from New Harmony. This peach of a Peach sits out front of a fruit market on Rte 41 between Vincennes and Terra Haute.
Here is a Big Pepper that we spotted in the East Falls section of Philadelphia. It’s near the East River Drive and Ridge Avenue. I don’t recall what we were doing around here but it’s always nice to get something new.
East Falls Pepper
On our way to a meeting south of Danville, IL with Ann and Sid and spotted this Big Ice Cream cone at Mike’s Chill inTilton. Didn’t have time to stop on the way in but stopped to get this image on the way home.
Along the Fontana Corridor of the famous Route 66 is Bono’s Market. Right next to the market is the Orange stand. Not open of course on Christmas day when we were out getting some Big Pictures. The gifts were opened, the traditional Hejl Christmas breakfast eaten so what else was there to do but track down my Big Thing sightings. This one worked out well.
Route 66 Orange
In Lemon Grove, California they celebrate their namesake with this large lemon. If you look in the background of this image you can see what may be the last remaining lemon tree in all of southern California. Just kidding because on the way to Mentone to get a Big Guy and a Big Chicken we drove through many, many citrus orchards, some of them must have been lemon trees, but it was December and I can’t tell an orange tree from a lemon tree in December.
Lemon Grove Lemon
This Big Coffee Cup was out front of the new Dunkin’ Donuts opened here in town a few years ago. I didn’t post the image for some reason. It’s ironic that I found the image since recently there was a major fire that destroyed the store. No more nutty donuts! Too bad. (Update: The store is back in business, with a added drive-thru.)
We were on our way from Indianapolis to the cottage Up North in Michigan and stopped to see my Uncle Ed in St Johns, Michigan. We went out for lunch and then downtown to find some Czech pastries. We missed out on the pastries since the bakery closed at 1pm, but these was a celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the St Johns Fire Department. We came across this big Miller Lite bottle right there in downtown.
St. Johns Beer
A favorite Bird Dog gave me a call Thursday morning telling me about the visit of the Hershey’s Kissmobile Cruiser to the Indianapolis area. Since I have the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile she knew I had to have the Kissmobile. She was right. Deb and I got this Saturday morning right after the Big Sunblock bottle at the CVS. At any rate the Kissmobile collects donations for the Children’s Miracle Network and makes visits at affiliated Children’s Hospitals. What nice service at the same time as advertising.
I just filled up the Big Thingsmobile (See the Kissmobile and Oscar Meyer Mobile below) and was going into Sam’s when out in the parking lot was a NASCAR showcar. It was the weekend of the Brickyard after all and the town was celebrating NASCAR. One of this car’s sponsor was Heinz and there was this inflatable Heinz squeezable bottle. Since Deb was out of town I was on my own to get a photo. Fortunately Ann Wilson was working the exhibit with her husband. She was most gracious and took this photo for me.
It was a HOT and sunny day in Tulum, Mexico. We had walked out to the Mayan ruins, poked around for a couple of hours and then walked back. I was feeling pretty wiped out. When, lo, Deb said “look at that will you.” And there it was, this big Corona bottle. So I went into the park store and had a couple to cool down. Hey, Karen, I bet if you drank this whole bottle of Corona, you would get up and dance the Macarena.
Corona in Tulum
We are at a Dan Ryan’s restaurant in Hong Kong for a taste of an American style grill. Lo and behold, there hanging from the ceiling was this Big Tums. Greg, of course, had his camera and I grabbed an extra chair to stand on trying to elevate my game so to speak.
Hong Kong Tums
I was knee deep in Soybeans to get this image in Maryland at the Rainbow Farms on Rt 50 near MD 662. Maybe you don’t think it looks like much but there was some workmanship put into this roadside attraction, and attract me it did!
Maryland Fruit Stand
We were driving down US-13 in Delaware on the way to the Eastern Shore on Maryland. Always on the lookout for Big Things Deb spotted this big Dunkin’ Donuts cup at a BP station. We had to go to the next exit before we could reverse direction to get this image.
Down the road from the Dunkin’ Donuts at Millcreek Farms I found this Big Strawberry. Actually it was a car from an amusement park ride, probably a Tilt-a-Whirl ride. I always like the tilt-a-Whirl, but never sat in a strawberry car.
Ray’s Ice Cream, right next to Bolero Bowl and down the street from The Oak Drive-in. A walk down memory lane, “take me back,” says Deb. My neighborhood was a little farther south but I did bowl at Bolero, 16 lanes, and ate a cone or two at Ray’s. We were driving past last summer when I spotted this cone in the window. We had a nice interaction with the folks on duty at Ray’s. Stop in if you have a chance, Royal Oak, Michigan on Livernois, just north 13 1/2 (which is Normandy.)
Ray’s Ice Cream