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Marilyn Monroe, the Tattooed Lady
Just over the border at the south end of town is a tattoo parlor with some great associated art, including a series of circus-poster-style portraits of various random famous people that the artist must admire. Here is Marilyn Monroe as a tattooed lady--she has JFK on her left shoulder and the legend "Enter if you dare" on the ribbon underneath her. (Click through to see details.)

The artist also painted this much-tattooed guy menacing the van beside the shop:

Milltown Ink, side wall

A Bell and Its Stories

Very close to the tattoo parlor is a small park with this bell at its center. It's all that is left of a grammar school that once stood there. wakanomori did some Internet research and discovered that the school was built in 1891 (to replace a school built in 1828), was in use until 1991, and burned down in 1994. (Great photos of the school at this site.)

The bell apparently went missing in the 1960s, only to be found in 1974 ... in the bell tower. Surely more to that story there than meets the eye . . .

Even its origin story is interesting: it was made in 1877 by one of two competing bell foundries, both called Meneely Bell Foundry, located in what's now Watervliet, New York. You can make out part of the word "Meneely" in this close-up:

Meanwhile, closer to home: these mailboxes. Are they waiting in line for something? Or are they part of a parade that's temporarily stopped while a band performs for the judges? Or are they just loitering? They had better watch out, if so. I'm told the police take notice.

procession of mailboxes


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May. 30th, 2016 01:30 am (UTC)
I love how the right hand end of the line has them lined up, at rigid attention, while the left hand end of the line looks like it's been passing around a bottle!
May. 30th, 2016 02:44 am (UTC)
"Go home, mailbox, you're drunk."

What would be a good drink for a mailbox to indulge in?
May. 30th, 2016 03:48 am (UTC)
May. 30th, 2016 12:34 pm (UTC)
Perfect!! And now I want to make one.
May. 30th, 2016 08:49 am (UTC)
The ones in the middle look like they've had a few too many Cosmopolitans.
May. 30th, 2016 12:41 pm (UTC)
Ooh, this *also* sounds like a great drink, though I wonder if these mailboxes are sophisticated enough to drink it. I, however, most certainly am. And it's a holiday here, so I think I'm going to mix up both these drinks and call it Mailbox Evening (... when it gets to be evening).
May. 30th, 2016 02:40 am (UTC)
Thank you for posting this! One of the other pics showed that, whichever of the competing bell makers it was, their preferred term was "foundery" --which may be a standard variant, for all that it looks pretty odd to my eyes...

(the mailboxes have clearly been drinking, and are waiting for a bus to take them home.
May. 30th, 2016 02:44 am (UTC)
It seems like it would be bad luck--you call yourself a foundery, and you're going to end up foundering.
May. 30th, 2016 04:07 am (UTC)
Does the tattooed one protect the tattooist's own parking space?
May. 30th, 2016 12:21 pm (UTC)
No; I think it's a humorous/vulgar statement, maybe?
May. 30th, 2016 01:52 pm (UTC)
Both cheerful and daunting!
May. 30th, 2016 11:06 am (UTC)
There was an incident in the college town near where I grew up. One morning folks awoke to discover that the historic cannon on the town green was gone! Nothing left but a deep hole and a pile of dirt beside it. It was a mystery-- how could anyone possibly have brought in equipment to move the heavy cannon without anyone hearing or seeing?

After a few days an ad appeared in the 'personals' in the local paper: "Look under the pile of dirt, you fools!"
May. 30th, 2016 12:23 pm (UTC)
LOL! That's hilarious! A much better way of making the cannon disappear than actually lugging it off!

With the bell, I suspect it was a student prank, and eventually whoever took it decided to put it back.
May. 31st, 2016 08:38 am (UTC)
BWAHAHA! Great prank.
May. 30th, 2016 12:51 pm (UTC)
Land-bound legged birds waiting for dirt-fish to drift by?

Marilyn's birthday is Wednesday.
May. 30th, 2016 09:51 pm (UTC)
I didn't know that about Marilyn Monroe's birthday!

I hear the dirt-fish like to congregate at that point--here's hoping the leggy mailbox birds had a good meal.
May. 30th, 2016 01:18 pm (UTC)
They are lined up for a race. They are clearly competitors because they are wearing numbers...
May. 30th, 2016 09:51 pm (UTC)
I like that logic very much ^_^
May. 30th, 2016 01:39 pm (UTC)
There are stories in every one of those shots!
May. 30th, 2016 09:52 pm (UTC)
So true! It was definitely fun finding out some of the real-life story associated with the bell.
May. 30th, 2016 09:37 pm (UTC)
I love the Marilyn Monroe art! She looks great as a tattoo wearer. It's a relief that the same artist who painted that horrible mural of the troll man with huge drooling teeth can also make art I want to look at.

Right now I have a Hello Kitty temporary tattoo on my upper arm and am pleased with it.

The mailboxes are definitely waiting for a race to start. Runners waiting at a starting line slouch around in similar postures.
May. 30th, 2016 09:53 pm (UTC)
And I know you know how runners look when they're lining up ^_^

The artist did other portraits in the Marilyn Monroe style--it was a weird assortment.
May. 31st, 2016 03:23 pm (UTC)
I love these glimpses of your observations. They always bring such fun to my days.
Jun. 3rd, 2016 04:52 pm (UTC)
I'm very glad!
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