Melange! - March 20, 2014

As the loyal followers of the American Treasure Tour blog know, we have had an amazingly effective formula going on here:  we highlight something from the tour (a record album, a photograph, a movie poster, a car, an orchestrion or whatever it might be!), then we talk about that day in history, then we go into the birthday of a notable American.  Just for today, we are going to throw ALL of that out the window for something we just decided to call: "Pictures of the Tour."

Hopefully you can see the tiny picture included on today's blog to the right, because we are going to talk about a few of the items in here.  And that is it. We know it's crazy, but we have often been told that we are crazy.  We promise we're not dangerous, though. Even when Heather drives the tram during the Toy Box section of the tour. (We make sure she keeps the speed steady at 3 miles per hour, although she has often said she can't drive less than 5mph!  She can be a mad woman!)

Dominating the picture are two large advertisements.  We will begin with the Texaco sign at the top.  Texaco.  Texas Company.  Pretty obvious if you think about it.  The company was founded in Beaumont, Texas in 1901.  That was the year that Joseph Cullinan and his compatriots struck it big at the Spindletop oil field. Spindletop was the largest oil deposit discovered in the world at that time, and it became the foundation upon which Texaco was built:  over 100,000 barrels of "black gold," and it came from Texas.  The white star in the red field of the company logo represents the Lone Star State, but Texaco is not biased.  In fact, Texaco-brand gas stations have appeared in every one of the fifty states - the only major American oil company that can make that claim.  


In the above photo from the tour, the "O" of Texaco is where this cartoon character sits and looks down upon his domain.  Who is it?

a)  Bugs Bunny

b)  Barney the Purple Dinosaur

c)  Woody Woodpecker

d)  Jerry the Mouse (of Tom and Jerry fame)

e)  Spongebob Squarepants

Answer Below.

There are two large advertisements directly below the Texaco sign, celebrating the most prolific seller of chicken in the entire world.  We are referring, of course, to Kentucky Fried Chicken - or KFC.  KFC was started by Harland "Colonel" Sanders in the small town of Corbin, Kentucky during the Great Depression.  In 1939, Sanders bought a pressure cooker that was designed to steam vegetables and modified it to pressure fry chicken.  Then he added his super-secret, special eleven spices.  He had only one restaurant for over a decade but, when the highway bypassed Corbin, he recognized that  he needed to do something ff he was going to survive.  So he franchised.  His first franchise was in 1952 in Southern Salt Lake, Utah, and then it was just a matter of time, and  KFC has become the second largest fast food chain in the world, behind McDonald's.  There are over 18,000 outlets in 120 countries, many of them sharing space with other restaurants owned by their parent company - Yum! Brands:  Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.  (Yum! is a subsidiary of PepsiCo, too.  It all comes back to soda pop, doesn't it?)

There is one more sign in the picture above that is legible on the blog.  It is above the "ex" in Texaco and it says one word:  Arcade.  Unfortunately, we at the blog don't know from which arcade it comes, but we do know a lot about arcades!  In fact, the ATT is in the same building with one of - and quite possibly - the largest videogame arcades/electric go-karting facilities in the Philadelphia area!   Arnold's Family Fun Center.  They also have laser tag, black-light mini-golf, duckpin bowling, bumper cars, a simulator, a rock wall - you name it, if they could fit it in the building it's probably here.  Unlike the American Treasure Tour, everything at Arnold's is quite new - so kids of all ages and their children - have fun there.  I guess that means it is safer to play there than to ride in one of the old roller coasters that we have the cars from, without seatbelts and much hope for survival.  

We certainly hope you enjoyed this break from our familiar format.  Depending on your reactions, we may or may not try it again in the future.  We would like to end it with a quote, though, as we do every weekday:


I've only had two rules:  Do all you can and do it the best you can.  It's the only way you ever get that feeling of accomplishing something. - Colonel Sanders

Answer:  c)  Woody Woodpecker - he is a LOT easier to see when you take the tour than he is in the picture.  Promise.