Along the Atlantic Ocean in Margate, N.J., stands an enormous pachyderm named, Lucy The Elephant. The six-story elephant-shaped novelty architecture building was constructed of wood and tin sheeting in 1881 by James V. Lafferty, a real estate developer with an eye on promoting his projects. Standing six stories tall and weighing 90 tons, she is covered with 12,000 square feet of sheet tin. Her first life was as a real estate office, then as a summer home, even briefly as a tavern. She became an attraction of Margate City, while Lafferty gave his real estate pitch. Lafferty went on to build other elephants in Cape May and Coney Island. Today, only Lucy has survived, but she nearly didn't. By the late 1960s, Lucy was abandoned and on the verge of collapse. Coming to her rescue, the citizens of Margate raised money to restore the proud pachyderm to her former glory. You can tour Lucy's inside, entering via a spiral staircase in one of her hind legs. The tour climaxes with a stop in the open-air howdah on top Lucy's back. A pewter souvenir of Lucy is about 1-3/4" long by 1-1/2" tall. Made by ‘Gish,” the base has the words, “Lucy The Elephant” and the other side says “Margate – NJ.” The gift shop currently only sells a resin replica and plush toy in the shape of Lucy.
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Illustrated with various building facades, this gift wrapping paper will bring a smile to any recipient. They look great grouped together. Why not just wrap some empty boxes and keep them displayed all year? You can buy the skyline gift wrap at Suck UK.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Sunday, June 14, 2015
A company called Ittyblox is producing 3D printed models in a 1:1000 scale. Combining the prefabricated buildings together in grid-like street plates, you can build your own tiny city blocks. They are not mass produced, but printed to order allowing you to envision your own Sim City in three dimensions.
During the 2015 Souvenir Building Collector’s Society convention in Orlando Florida in May, host Marty G. organized a display of buildings at the Orlando City Hall. Marty send some photos of the exhibit. The club is planning it’s 2016 convention in Los Angles from June 10-12th.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Howie G. tipped me off to a recent WSJ story about One World Trade Center souvenirs with some interesting insight into who is making them. While the planned public observatory won’t open until spring, tourists are naturally visiting the area since the newly completed skyscraper opened in November, 2014. Souvenirs of the building have been sold in stores for a few years and were first labeled "Freedom Tower" until the name changed to One World Trade Center. So far, I've only seen resin and sheet metal 3D versions of the building and hope someone will soon produce them in metal. If you're not near NYC, you can buy a nice large resin replica on Amazon of the:One World Trade Center "Freedom Tower" Replica (Made in New York) Sheet metal version can be purchased here: Fascinations Metal Earth 3D Laser Cut Model - One World Trade Center