What's Inside

Wacky Wednesday

Welcome to the Wacky Wednesday edition of the American Treasure Tour blog.  It's so wacky, in fact, that it's coming out on a Monday.  Just go with it.  We don't know why either.  Today, we are going to honor a very important item displayed in the Toy Box here at the Tour that VERY few people ever notice.  We feel confident saying that because it's located on a shelf above eye level not especially close to the tram ride tour route.  It's a can.  And it once contained tobacco - something we do not advocate the consumption of (especially for dogs!).  The tobacco was introduced by the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in 1907 and remains on the shelves today to people who choose to ignore our admonition that you refrain from using this product.

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It's named after the man who would become Kind Edward VII of England (1841 to 1910, King from 1901 until his death), inspired by a portrait of the King given to R.J. himself by none other than Mark Twain.  Of course, you've likely never heard of Edward VII tobacco, and that's because it wasn't called that.  Prior to his ascension to the throne, Edward was affectionately called Prince Albert.  And the product was often sold in a can.  So, if ever you are asked if Prince Albert was ever in a can, you now know that yes, in fact, he was.

Tuesday's Tunes

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There is music everywhere!  The American Treasure Tour has music in all its shapes and sizes - instruments, music boxes, mechanical music machines, record albums (and cylinders!), audiocassettes, 8-tracks, flash drives.  You name it, it's here. Our record album collection is pretty special because we get to honor the great musicians of the twentieth century. We try to honor them all here, but we can really only highlight one act at a time for fear of overwhelming you. So today, we would like to call out Englebert Humperdinck!

No, we're not talking about the German composer who died in 1922, but rather the former Arnold George Dorsey who borrowed the Humperdinck name for his own singing career.  Born in 1936, he is still going strong, performing his classics at concert halls, casinos and other destinations across the country and overseas.  Enjoy!

Toys Toys Everywhere

Here's a dilemma we all either had/have/or hope to have.  It's an issue of storage. When you get too many toys, where do they go?  Do you pack them away and store them in the basement, never to enjoy them?  Do you keep them all across the living room, where they are vulnerable to being stepped on or broken?  Or do you place them in a former tire factory in a wonderfully-colored pink, red and yellow toy box?  We highly recommend the latter of the three, because that's exactly what we did.  Of course, our toy box is located in an 80,000 square foot area called the Toy Box - which is chock full of classic cars, stuffed animals, mechanical music machines, and just about anything else you can imagine that is fun.

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Kids of all ages pack away some of the coolest things they have into their toy boxes with the full intention of pulling them out whenever they have the time to play with them. Now, the picture we've included here of our toy box shows it as empty.  But it isn't empty anymore. If you want to see what's inside, come on out to the Treasure Tour in Oaks, PA to take a gander.  It's currently parked right next to where you will catch a ride on our electric tram to go through many of the other cool toys in our very special Toy Box!

Funny Friday

Do you like to have fun?  Do you like to laugh?  If you answered "No" to these questions, then you are reading the wrong blog, because we at the American Treasure Tour are all about fun and laughing and stuff.  (You can quote us on that.) In fact, we honor comedians whenever we can - they easily have one of the most difficult jobs in the world. And if you think it's easy being a comedian, try to make someone laugh who you don't know. 

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We have classic performers throughout the tour here, including some of the most famous comedy teams to ever make appearances on both the big and little screens. Ever heard of the Marx Brothers?  If you have, good.  If you haven't, you need to change that.  Groucho, Harpo and Chico are the most famous of the family, but there were also Zeppo and Gummo, too. They started on the vaudeville stage when they were kids, then moved to film in the 1930's, with some of their physical comedy staged for them by none other than Buster Keaton - another amazing funnyman! They are very silly, and much of their humor has been absorbed into the mainstream since other comedians have been inspired by them over the decades.