The Illinois Railway Museum has a fine collection of restored rolling stock. But I found their fleet of rusty and corroded steam locomotives to be much more fascinating.
At first glance, this barn seems completely abandoned.
Don’t you wonder… Who sat behind the wheel of this tractor?
Where was their farm? When was the last time someone used this tractor to work a field?
On this Father’s Day, after Dad and I went out for brunch, we went back to his apartment where he showed me some of the genealogy he’s been working on, including these wonderful pictures. I grabbed copies of them with my phone’s camera. First is the college graduation photo of my father, Wilmer Bloy (class of 1953). He was 25.
One of my favorite things on State Street.
I love the patina, the faded colors, and the industrial look of the frame and supports. I’d put it on top of my house if I could.
Did you ever notice the amount of detail builders used to include on the tops of their creations?
People rarely look at those spots, yet architects and trade workers took the time to craft them with wonderful designs.