At some point during a prolonged car trip, like this one through eastern Wisconsin, there comes a point – well you know the rest. Going after this Big Silo was one of those points. All this for a pretty lousy Big Thing shot. On top of that Meyer’s Market was equally disappointing.
Wisconsin Pumpkin Silo
The Oscar Mayer car was there, of course. And Mr. Mustard as well. I can’t begin to tell you how much unexpected fun this experience was. They even had a car show, of course all the cars were painted mustard yellow. Are you ready for a good pun. This cheese photo makes for a pretty “cheesey” photo. Get it? Not much to get anyway was there?
Southbound from the Wisconsin Dells we were cruising down US-12 to get a Muffler Man in Baraboo. We never did find the Muffler Man – turns out it was laying in pieces behind a wall. Anyway, we spotted the Big Corn in front of Mark’s Market. Did a quick u-turn and pulled into the open air market. After introducing ourselves Mark invited us to take all the photos we wanted. That’s when we noticed the Big Strawberry. Not quite as large as the one in Indiana but good size all the same. They also gave us the tip on the Big Bed which can be found on the Big Objects page.
Mark’s Market Strawberry
Mark’s Market Corn
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
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
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.)
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.
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
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.
This image is a little closer to home than Hong Kong, etc. It’s in Mentone, Indiana, “The Egg Basket of the Midwest.” Steve and I were driving from Grand Rapids and picked this up on the way back. I had this beauty in my Big Things to Photograph file for years but never had a chance to get to Mentone. And what do you know, we arrived as the town was getting ready for their Egg Festival! Main street was blocked off and booths were being set up. We didn’t stay around but I bet you could get a nice Pork Tenderloin or Elephant Ear there.
Oh, I had a bunch of fun at a Walmart Grand Opening in Arkansas. Some suppliers brought out their inflatables. Here’s one from Wheaties.
In Springfield, Missouri is this office building for Solo products. It looked pretty deserted and the parking lot in front was empty so I guess it has seen better days.
Springfield Solo Cup
Got this corn carved from a tree trunk on M-59 in Michigan between US-23 and Pontiac. I don’t remember exactly where it was. Check out the palm trees in the background.