Omrod's Wonderful Fanstasyland - Monday, December 28, 2015

A few months ago, the American Treasure Tour blog introduced you to a new and exciting collection recently obtained and brought to our second-floor headquarters here at the old Goodrich factory in Oaks.  The man behind it is Bob Omrod, a retired middle school art teacher whose passion compelled him to create a Wonderful Fantasyland in his home.  When we brought it to the Tour, he said it was the first time he saw his dining room table in twenty years!  It took about ten weeks to put it in its new home, in our Music Room - and now it is in its full glory, under special lighting and stanchioned off to remind the normally uninhibited to please practice restraint and give the occasionally fragile displays the respect they need (no touching!).  

A new, recurring segment we would like to introduce to the blog will offer highlights from Mr. Omrod's creation.  There is a lot to see, and there is certainly not enough time in the day to do it all justice.  So, today, we would like to introduce you to his wonderful Antique Shop.  We readily admit that this picture is not very good.  When the image was captured, the photographer was struggling with the lighting, the composition, and wounds from a recent bear mawling.  (Why he mawled a bear is anyone's guess, but we understand the bear is fine.)  Anyway, the image shows a lot of things.  We will work on getting better close-ups soon, but you can see the clutter of it.  The nativity in the front center, the piece with the blue top - is about the size of a quarter.  On the white table to the left of it is one of the smallest hand-blown glass bottles in the world.  It's right next to the amazingly detailed tall ship.
QUESTION:  The name Omrod historically comes from which nation?
A)  France
B)  England
C)  Norway
D)  Belgium
ANSWER BELOW

BYE-BYE MONTY.  The United States has had a love affair with its department stores since the early days of the nation.  Sears-Roebucks, Marshall Field, Boscov's, JC Penney, Macy's.  There are many names that bring to mind easy shopping in one convenient location.  Mall culture dominated shopping for decades, but then something called the Internet impacted the way people spend their money, and many of these names started going away.  On this day in the year 2000, the Montgomery Ward chain of stores announced they would be closing after 128 years of supplying goods.

HIS SPIDEY-SENSE IS TINGLING!  Turning 93 today is the iconic creator of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee.  Born Stanley Lieber in New York City, Lee had a love of writing since he was a kid, and had the desire to create the great American novel.  Mundane job after mundane job held him back, until he decided to take a risk.  Nearing forty years old, he dropped everything and began writing about flawed superheroes, and soon enough became the major competition for the well-entrenched DC Comics.  Now, with insanely popular movie adaptations of his creations, Stan Lee has become a hero for kids of all ages.  Happy birthday, Stan!

QUOTE:  I don't really see a need to retire as long as I'm having fun. - Stan Lee

ANSWER:  B)  England.