The Cavalcade and Nerd Lunch assault the Tallahassee Auto Museum Part II
A few weeks ago, I visited Carlin Trammel (of Nerd Lunch) in Tallahassee for an historic meeting of bloggy awesomeness. Together we witnessed the random awesomeness that is the Tallahasse Auto Museum, inhaled Double Downs at a local KFC and talked about all things nerdy (Star Trek, Star Wars, super hero movies, blogging, etc). Yes, a nerd connection was made.
Anyway, on Monday I discussed all the awesome cars Carlin and I peeped in the museum. On Tuesday, Carlin posted his recollections of our trip to the museum. I’m continuing the week long look at my sojourn over to the ‘hassee by revealing to you all the other randomly epic crap that was crammed into the “auto” museum that had nothing whatsoever to do with cars. You will be amazed.
Let’s start with…
Pianos. Yes, this place had a collection of about 10 pianos. This particular one looks like a Fisher Price toy made for a giant baby. I swear my 10 month old son has a piano very similar to this (only “normal” baby size).
Here Carlin is checking out the re-DONK-ulous gold piano that would be the perfect centerpiece to any room. And it is flanked by two tasteful life size gold lions. In my mind this is the piano that God is playing when you enter the Gates of Heaven. And he’s playing the theme to the movie Chariots of Fire. Or The Sting.
From pianos we move to…
Dolls. This place also had an entire section of collectible dolls. Amongst the Barbies and Skippers there were a few choice, geeky items. Here is a nearly full set of Mego’s 1976 Wizard of Oz figures. They are only missing a few Munchkins figures and the Witches Castle and Munchkinland playsets. I am in love with this set. It was this set that put Mego on the map and allowed them to get the Marvel and DC licenses to create their World’s Greatest Super Heroes line.
Here’s a random grouping of dolls. On the left is a nice boxed Kenner Star Wars Princess Leia doll. I don’t know why it was unceremoniously stuffed behind a set of Donny & Marie dolls. WTF Tallahassee Auto Museum?! On the right is a Mattel Starr doll which was a teenaged version of Barbie that came out around 1980.
Next up…cereal boxes.
Lots of Wheaties boxes in this museum. Here are two Wheaties variations I hadn’t seen in years. Honey Frosted Wheaties and Crispy Wheaties n Raisins. They both came out around 1996. I’m not entirely sure if they are still around. I haven’t seen them. There was even a cool Wheaties box with a fold out Michael Jordan basketball hoop on the back. See it here.
Here’s a weird custom Batwing. It looks like someone just kitbashed a remote control plane into an odd little Batwing. This was just hanging from the ceiling in the Auto Museum without any rhyme or reason. Or explanation.
A sealed box of Skybox USA Dream Team cards circa 1992. I was a huge NBA fan in the 80s – 90s so I was obsessed with the first Dream Team. I had Bird’s USA #7 jersey, the full set of McDonalds collector cups, posters, t-shirts, VHS videos and a bunch of these cards. Someday I’ll have to do an article on the ’92 Dream Team merchandise. It was plentiful.
Well, that’s about enough for today. There was a whole lot more that I haven’t even told you about. You can see a lot more pictures from this trip to the Tallahassee Auto Museum in my Flickr set here.
Tomorrow Carlin will share even more photos from our trip and I’ll be back on Friday to talk about our lunch at KFC and my “Showdown with the Double Down”. Oh, and the Mega Pepsi. Stay tuned.