The Jolly Cow, a joyous Kingston landmark

This is a painting of The Jolly Cow Ice Cream Stand in Kingston, NY

The Jolly Cow, a joyous Kingston landmark

I’ve always loved ice cream stands! Who doesn’t? Let’s face it, the little kid in all of us remembers the joys of hot summer days and the treat of a soft ice cream cone that if you didn’t eat it fast enough would turn into a real mess! We’re blessed in Kingston, New York to have a great ice cream stand that’s over 50 years old! I painted it a few years back and that prompted me to want to know more about its history.

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A Father’s Day Tribute by Gary Richards

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A Father’s Day Tribute by Gary Richards

This is a wonderful, touching story by dear friend and writer Gary Richards. It’s a perfect tribute for Father’s Day and for those of us who are moved by businesses that vanish, and are occasionally reborn. Thank you Gary for allowing me to share it here.
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So sad – Kutsher’s Resort in the Catskills, demolished

kutsher's hotel postcard

So sad – Kutsher’s Resort in the Catskills, demolished

The story of the iconic Catskills resort Kutsher’s, one of the last vestiges of Jewish Borscht Belt culture, is coming to an end after more than a century. The Monticello, N.Y. hotel, which opened as Kutsher’s Brothers Farm House in 1907 and operated seasonally until recent years, is going to be demolished Read more…

Elephant Super Car Wash and Rancho Super Car Wash

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Elephant Super Car Wash and Rancho Super Car Wash

I grew up in Seattle, Washington and few images remain in my mind from my childhood, but the fantastic pink neon elephant from the Elephant Super Car Wash is definitely one of them. Imagine my delight last summer when we took a wrong turn trying to get to Interstate 5, Read more…

Fabulous Florida Postcards

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Fabulous Florida Postcards

Well it seems my visit to Florida got deep inside my soul and I’m not ready to move onto new adventures quite yet! Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Florida postcards from my collection. I had to start with this quintessential introduction Read more…

My favorite pics from “Fun in the Sunshine City”

Banyan Motel sign at night

My favorite pics from “Fun in the Sunshine City”

This is my final post from the great SCA Conference “Fun in the Sunshine City”. I’m sorry to say a final goodbye, but it’s time to move onto new adventures. I thought it would be fun to recap with my fav photos (primarily of signs) from the beautiful sunny state of Florida. I hope you enjoy! See more…

Tarpon Springs, Weeki Wachee & Ybor City: Bus trip #2

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Tarpon Springs, Weeki Wachee & Ybor City

For our final day, the SCA planned a bang-up bus tour that had us driving north out of St. Petersburg on US 19, up the coast to Tarpon Springs and Weeki Wachee, winding up with dinner at the famed Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City…Read more…

Society for Commercial Archeology, Papers Symposium

paper opening

This sounds very lofty, doesn’t it? Here is how the planners viewed this day: “The heart of any SCA conference is the papers symposium where members and new friends have been selected to make visual presentations on roadside resources they have been photographing, writing about and researching.” As mentioned in my first post, the list […]