- World’s Largest Measuring Cup August 20, 2018
- Big Electric Plug August 20, 2018
- Rooftop Polar Bear August 20, 2018
- Blue Dolphin Diner August 20, 2018
- Big Cardinals Fan July 15, 2018
- Valvoline Big Dog May 31, 2018
- Valvoline Big Guy May 31, 2018
- Charlie Johnson’s Big Pencil March 7, 2018
- Julius Sturgis Pretzels February 19, 2018
- Fire and Ice Festival February 19, 2018
Meet Fred the Giant Farmer and his sidekick Clyde. They stand advertising the Sappington Farmers Market on Watson Road in St. Louis. We were visiting my sister and brother-in-law for Thanksgiving and decided to take some time for a Big Things hunt.
It was really bugging me since I knew I had this image somewhere but not where I was looking – finally I found it. I liked this big guy a lot. He is in front of Richard’s Store next to the Toto Cafe in downtown Toto, Indiana. The Cafe looks like a great place to eat. Lot’s of people going in and out. It wasn’t lunch time yet, more like a late breakfast since Toto is in the Central Time Zone.
Outside the Ice House Tavern in New Castle, Indiana you can find this jockey, or at least I think he is a jockey. Not a muffler man for sure, check out the hands. He kind of like a large driveway jockey without the red jacket.
I don’t know how to explain the number of Big Things at car washes in Southwestern Indiana. You have to go to Vincennes! It seems like every car wash has Big Things. This little, actually Big if the elf legend has any truth to it, Elf was around the back of a car wash. There were even more Big Things, note the buffalo in the background.
I think I’ve already said it all in the previous entry and on the Big Animals page. This archer stood right out in front of another car wash in Vincennes. Now Vincennes is a pretty nice town, county seat and all, but what a joy to live around all these Big Things.
This Muffler Man is out in Mentone California. A very interesting location with other items. There was a large chicken there as well. At any rate I have a description on the Animals page of the location. Here I want you to notice all the other elements in this photo. Check out the airplane in the backyard as well as the Evinrude outboards on the fence. Maybe he can waterski while sitting on his front porch.
With the whole family together we decided to spend the day in San Diego. Annie and Ben, Julia and Deb went to the zoo. Andy and I went to the Midway aircraft carrier docked in the harbor. What an interesting experience. The Midway has quite a history. If you are in San Diego be sure to visit. Many of our young people spent time on this vessel. At the end of the tour Andy and I were looking South to a city park and noticed this very large sailor locked in an embrace. I don’t know if he was leaving on a tour or coming back, but he seemed glad to see her. The image is not great since it was taken at dusk, you get the idea nonetheless.
On our trip to LA at Christmas we went to the La Brea tar pits. I knew there was a Muffler Man nearby, when I found him, I was surprised to find someone sleeping nearby. California is great, the state is broke, there is no money to house the homeless, the mentally ill are turned out, but at least the weather is nice enough that a soul like this can sleep outside at 11am without being hassled.
We were out in South Jersey this summer (2008) visiting our children and old friends. Several people including Chris Smith told us that the Big Uniroyal Gal that looked like Jackie O’ had been redone to look like Wonder Woman. So naturally on our way down to the Township to meet our swim team pals at Whelihan’s for some beer and wings we stopped in Hilltop to see what changed. Compare this shot to the one at the very bottom of this page and you can see for yourself.
On our way to visit New Harmony, an intentional community, where we were to meet up with Catherine and Dale we passed through Evansville. Before we got there we hit a bonanza of Big Things. Most were Animals at Jim Hipp’s Nursery, but we did get this Big Uncle Sam outside Busler’s 24 Hour Market. I think he needs a little more care than he gets.
We were in Louisville celebrating our 35th Wedding Anniversary. Of course I have a photo of the big Louisville Slugger Bat (See Big Objects page) but on the way home we made a quick side trip to Jeffersonville, Indiana to grab this Big Lady metal sculpture just across the border in Indiana. She stands proudly nearby a lumber yard on Dutch Lane.
Here I am “working.” This time in Portland. Jim, Brad and I were out seeing a customer and of course I had researched Big Things. I wanted to get this guy and he was BIG! Unfortunately there wasn’t much space for Jim to take the photo without getting run down. Thanks Jim for risking your life.