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Yonada Mural
This was the cool Yonada storefront, as it looked back in 1991. The Los Angeles store, on trendy Melrose Ave, is still in business, but looks very different now.
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Colossal Fish Statues
A gigantic Muskie is the centerpiece in this unusual sculpture garden of oversized fish. Visitors can climb inside the Muskie and take in the view from an observation deck inside the mouth! All this can be seen at the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wisconsin. I photographed this image in the year 2000, on film.
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Tar Pit Mammoths
The famous La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles feature these life-size mammoth sculptures. Depicting a scene from thousands of years ago, these two look on helplessly at another mammoth trapped in the pit (off screen of my photo). The sculptures have been on display since 1968, and were created in fiberglass by artist Howard Ball.
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Pig Stand
This wacky structure was once part of a Pig Stand drive-in restaurant in San Antonio, Texas. The restaurant is gone, but the sculpted giant pig survived, at least at the time I photographed it in 2009. From my Roadside Oddities series.
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Giant Genie Statue
This was the iconic character that stood atop the carpet stores of the Carpeteria chain during the 1960s and 1970s. Today only a few of the 20 foot tall fiberglass statues still exist. This particular one still survives in North Hollywood, CA, with the name changed on the sign. From my Weird Los Angeles series.
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Satan's Crate
This little gem of American popular culture was a plastic model kit from 1965. Back in the sixties, there was a monster craze as well as hot rod mania… which led to the "monsters in hot rods" fad. The kids loved it! I built and painted this kit to perfection many years later as an adult. Happy Halloween!
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Creepy Graveyard
The Karori Cemetery in New Zealand has unusually shaped graves that seem like they have been opened! From my Roadside Oddities series.
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Museum of Death
It seems appropriate that Hollywood has a museum like this. I have not been inside, but it supposedly features famous serial killers and that sort of thing. From my Weird Los Angeles series.
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Venice Ballerina Clown
Some love it, some think it is a kitsch eyesore, but this huge sculpture has become an icon of Venice, California. The controversial piece was created by Jonathan Borofsky, and installed in 1989. I photographed this image in 1991. Today the clown looks the same, but the building houses a CVS Pharmacy instead of the Bar and Grill. From my Weird Los Angeles series.
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The Nutty Professor
This cool display was once featured in the Movieland Wax Museum, depicting Jerry Lewis in the original classic film. I photographed the scene in 1991 on Ektachrome film. The museum was located in Southern California near Knott's Berry Farm, and was the largest wax museum in the United States. Unfortunately it shut down in 2005, and all the displays were auctioned off. Who knows where the Nutty Professor is today?
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