Indiana Historical Museum

 We visited the Indiana Historical Museum for one of their special exhibits.  Since I’m entering this post at a later date I don’t remember exactly which exhibit it was.  They did have one that dealt with polio, the vaccines, and treatments. At any rate we did see this Big Watch.

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Indiana Historical Museum

Big Writing Instruments

Here is a Big Crayon and Big Pencil. We were on our way to a log cabin in Brown County, Indiana after hiking in McCormick’s State Park. As we were driving the Chief Photographer spotted these big items and shouted “Stop, turn around, there were some Big Crayons back there.” Sure enough, out in front of the Edgewood Early Childhood Center on SR-46 in Ellettsville, IN were these babies. May be the first Big Crayon on the site, I already had a Big Pencil that Andy once gave me, see below.

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Big Writing Instruments

 

Sullivan’s Chair

Here is another Big Item taken in front of Sullivan Hardware, on Keystone Avenue in Indianapolis. I have many shots taken at this location. See the Big Green Egg inflatable just a couple shots below this. This big Adirondack Chair showed up a few days ago and we stopped by to grab this shot before it disappeared. Thanks again, Sullivan’s and keep the Big Things coming.

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Sullivan’s Chair

 

Children’s Museum Avatar

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis where I volunteer once a week had a Volunteer Recognition evening coinciding with the opening of “Avatar: The Exhibition.” We were able to experience the new exhibit and found these Big Boots to illustrate the difference in size between humans and Avatars. The lower gravity allowed everything to grow to a larger size. If you plan to visit Indianapolis, plan to spend some time in the museum. On a Wednesday morning stop in at Science Works on the 4th floor and say “hi” to me.

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Children’s Museum Avatar

Anderson Vacuum Cleaner

Outside the T&H Sweeper Company branch on Indiana SR-9 in Anderson I spotted this Big Vacuum. We were on our way to Mounds State Park. Indiana has some very nice state parks and we have started to visit them. Mounds web site describes it best stating it “features 10 unique “earthworks” built by a group of prehistoric Indians known as the Adena-Hopewell people. The largest earthwork, the “Great Mound”, is believed to have been constructed around 160 B.C. Archaeological surveys seem to indicate it was used as a gathering place for religious ceremonies.” We enjoyed our time in the park, it’s nice that it is so close to home.

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Anderson Vacuum Cleaner

Mason-Dixon Firecracker

After getting the Coke bottle and Big Rocker in Hagerstown we traveled north on I-81 to the Keystone Fireworks Company in Pennsylvania, just over the Mason-Dixon line. This is one big firecracker. There were a lot of no smoking signs around the building as you might expect. They weren’t open at but this was one big store.

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Mason-Dixon Firecracker

 

Hagerstown Rocker

This Big Rocker is not the biggest I have but it does fit the bill to be included on the site. It’s located in Hagerstown, Maryland. We stopped to grab this image and the next after visiting Harper’s Ferry on our Spring Break trip to Philadelphia. In Harper’s Ferry we stayed at The Angler Bed and Breakfast, something we rately do, and after a wonderful breakfast we started the day getting some Big Things.

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Hagerstown Rocker

Sullivan’s Egg

Sullivan’s Hardware, on Keystone Avenue in Indianapolis, is fast becoming my inflatable site of preference. They regularly have suppliers place inflatables in front of the store. Driving by recently I spotted this big inflatable before the Chief Photographer. She asked why we were turning into the parking lot, then she spotted this Big Green Egg Cooker inflatable. This ceramic cooker is the latest trend in grilling. The company calls it “The Ultimate Cooking Experience.” I bet it’s a pretty good grill.

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Sullivan’s Egg

Home Show Culligan Booth

To prove the point that you never know where you will find a “Big Thing” this is one example. We were at the Indianapolis Home Show and found this Big Water Faucet at the Culligan booth. We spoke with Kim and she allowed us to grab this image of the self supporting faucet.

Home show Culligan Booth

Home Show Culligan Booth

Home Show Brush

Also at the Home Show the CertaPro Painters had a booth. All the people visiting the model house saw this booth. Of course, I noticed the person inside this Big Paint Brush. My thanks to JJ Darr for allowing us to grab this image.

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Home Show Brush

Habig Trowel

Years ago, we traveled from Philadelphia to Champaign, Illinois to drop Andy off to start his freshmen year at the University of Illinois. We spent the night in Indianapolis and found a Big Trowel at Habig’s nursery in Westfield. Well, after we moved to Indianapolis in 2002 I found that Habig had multiple locations. The original location is on College Ave just south of Broad Ripple. Recently we stopped to get this image on a cold morning after a good snowfall. Here is the original trowel, dressed up with a Santa hat.

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Habig Trowel

Children’s Museum Objects

I volunteer at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis one morning a week. It’s the worlds largest Children’s Museum, so it’s only fitting that I work there. Recently the Chief Photographer had a day off and spent some time exploring the museum. Some images are on the Seasonal page, these are a couple of other Big Objects. In the atrium stands the Bumblebee, a transformer type guy that all the visitors love, I work in the Science Works area. One area there is the Health House and this guy on the right invites children to exercise everyday. On the floor in front of him is a twister type game for the children to play.

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CMI Bumblebee

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Health House Guy

Sign Museum in Cincinnati

The American Sign Museum in Cincinnati opened recently and has many interesting items. Visiting Cincinnati during fall break we stopped by and found a foursome of Big Things, this Big Bowling Pin and the Hammer below. The other two are in the Food and Drink and Big People sections. I have a couple of other Big Bowling Pins on the site below. There are two bowling alleys here in Indy, however for some reason I don’t have the images from Woodland Bowl a mile or so from my house. I’ll have to correct that.

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Sign Museum in Cincinnati

Sign Museum Hammer

This Big Hammer sign was also outside the American Sign Museum. I think the museum could have yielded some other interesting objects but it cost $15 for admission. We didn’t think it was worth the time of money to enter so we left in search of other planned Big Things.

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Sign Museum Hammer

Fell’s Point Arrow

Andy and Lindsey joined us for a few relaxing days in Ocean City, Maryland. A great time together. Saturday we left the ocean for Baltimore to attend Matt and Erin’s wedding on the Inner Harbor. After checking into our hotel we decided to have lunch together. Andy had scoped this out and led us to historic Fells Point and to Max’s Taphouse. What a place. From their website – “With 140 rotating drafts, 5 Hand-Pumped Cask Ales, and a world-spanning collection of approximately 1200 bottled beers in stock, Max’s is legendary for having Maryland’s largest selection of local and imported beer.” I don’t think you go there for the food, which was OK. Andy studied the beer menu for a while. If I lived nearby I would be a regular. They even have a “Monday sucks Happy Hour.” How cool! Oh, and they had this Big Arrow hanging from the ceiling. The bartender didn’t know the story behind this.

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Fell’s Point Arrow

Bethany Beach Chair

After moving into our condo in Ocean City, Maryland and getting some beach time, we decided to have lunch at Harpoon Hannah’s in Fenwick Island, Delaware. We had a couple terrific recommendations about this place and wanted to eat there. Before lunch we drove even farther north to get a feel for Bethany Beach and Rehoboth, Delaware. We’d passed through Rehoboth a few years ago when we took the Lewes-Cape May ferry. I liked both Rehoboth and thought Bethany Beach was a place that we might stay in the future. More likely we’ll be at the New Jersey shore in Avalon or Stone Harbor. Anyway, back to the Big Picture, which was this set of Big Chairs outside of Perfect Furnishings in Bethany Beach. Nice chairs. Good food on the deck at Harpoon Hannah’s, crab, crab, crab. Love it!

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Bethany Beach Chair

 

All About Hearing

One of the interesting things about being married to an historian is that you make stops that normal people don’t. In this case, we were on our way to a week at the Maryland shore before attending Matt’s wedding in Baltimore. Interstates I-70 and I-68 follow much of the old National Road (now US-40 for the most part.) Anyway, we were about to pass through Cumberland, Maryland where the eastern end of the National Road originated at the Potomac River. Since we stopped previously in Vandalia, Indiana where the Road terminated we had to stop to see the beginning point. Traveling into Cumberland on US-40 we spotted this Big Ear, outside the “All About Hearing” shop. We circled back, got the shot and had a nice chat with the proprietors of the shop. (BTW, the National Road was the first major road to use the new macadam road surface.)

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All About Hearing

Muncie T-shirt

We were in Muncie, Indiana on a nice June Saturday to attend my niece Caitlin’s wedding. We got there early and were on our way to meet my sister, Catherine and Dale her husband at Oakurst Gardens, a very relaxing park in Muncie. Traveling down N. Wheeling Ave we spotted this Big T-shirt promoting the Outfitter Screen Printing and Embroidery shop. Catherine had to wait.

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Muncie T-shirt

Tennessee Cross

Sometimes it’s funny how you find Big Things. As we were on our way for a Spring Break trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee we stopped to get a photo of a patriotic chicken on Exit 141 at I-75 in Tennessee (see Big Animals page.) Once we were back on the interstate going South we immediately spotted this Big Cross. Figuring to get it on the way back we continued on. Four days later traveling back home I was surprised to remember this cross. Nice looking but neglected. It stands on Old Kentucky Road about 0.4 miles south of the exit next to the defunct Royal Blue RV Park.

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Tennessee Cross

Knoxville Big Rubik’s Cube

Sometimes getting photos of Big Things can be stressful and this is a case in point, not that you would know. This Rubiks Cube is located in a lobby area of the Holiday Inn Select in Knoxville, Tennessee. Getting there was quite an adventure. Once we arrived we spoke with Richard, who worked for the hotel. He escorted us to this object. A nice man who represented the hotel with pride, thanks Richard.

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Knoxville Big Rubik’s Cube