'Tique Talk ~ About Antique Collecting ~ by Marianne Dow

Morrison's & McCune's Cigar Store 1904 Lima Ohio RPPC

Let's look at this real photo postcard (RPPC) of a cigar shop called MORRISON'S.

The signs advertising San Felice and El Verso cigars, two brands that we know were made in Lima by the Deisel Wemmer Company, certainly caught my eye.

A little research confirms that this is Morrison's Cigar Co., and was located on the town square in Lima, Ohio, circa 1904.

In 1904 Morrison added a 2nd location, inside the Hotel Norval. Then he sold this, his original town square shop, to Mr. McCune. You can see the name McCune's Cigar Store at the top of the San Felice sign.

V.R. Morrison then became the manager of the Hotel Norval:

[1904] "The old but true expression that "You cannot keep good people down" was never more fully and strikingly demonstrated in Lima than in the career of the Morrison Cigar Co. A comparatively short time has seen that firm rise to the foremost ranks of the cigar trade of Northwestern Ohio. And now another step forward has been taken. Appreciating the demand for good clean goods at the Hotel Norval, the Morrison Cigar Co has opened a first class branch in the Hotel Norval lobby, with Oscar Long behind the case. Nothing but the choicest brands of cigars and the most select brands of cigarettes will be handled at this new stand. The Morrison Cigar Co. is to be congratulated on the elegant business opportunities afforded in this new venture." [Source ]

1905 Lima News announcement: McCUNE'S Formerly Morrison Cigar Co,, N. W. Cor. Public Square. [Source] 

From this point, until 1920, we see ads for Hotel Norval with V.R. Morrison as the manager, but no further mention of Morrison's Cigar Co., or Oscar Long.

C.J. McCune sold out to N. J. Whitney and Ritner Hale in 1911.[Source]

Christopher James McCune went on to be a printer/publisher of postcards, as well as having a successful insurance company, and other endeavors. [Source] [Obit]

I will cover Lima's legendary cigar companies, as well as Hotel Norval in future posts.

Note: These items are part of my ''Collecting Lima Virtual Museum''. They are not for sale.

If/when I find more information on these items, I will add it to the post.

Read the Introduction to my ''Collecting Lima'' Virtual Museum Project, all about my Lima Ohio Bottles, Advertising, Antiques collection.

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Your Guide to the Springfield Extravaganza Antique Show September 2014 ~ 2,000+ #Vintage Dealers!

Photo by Marianne Dow


The 2014 Fall Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market Extravaganza is rapidly approaching... 

September 19, 20 & 21 . 2014

It's time for the BIGGEST outdoor antique show in Ohio: the famous Springfield Extravaganza Antique Show. For over 25 years, twice a year, this monthly antique show kicks it into overdrive and over 2,000 antiques and vintage dealers cover the fairgrounds venue. Wear your comfiest walking shoes!

Show details:
The show is located at the Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, Ohio 45502. [Google maps link.]

Directions and details here on the Extravaganza's website.

Early Bird -- the only way to Fly  Shop!

Friday, May 19th -- 7AM to Noon: 

Admission is only $12 (free parking) -- and it is good for all 3 days

This is a great value for all you serious shoppers. Get a hotel room and shop all 3 days. And you can hit the Springfield antique malls too. There are 2 big malls, with another 1,000+ dealers! 

To Arrrr or not to aarrr, that's the question. If you want to know more about Int'l Talk Like A Pirate Day go here.

Release the Hounds --- at Noon!  

FRIDAY at noon the ''regular shopping'' begins. Although this is the Extravaganza, so there's nothing regular about it. There's still plenty of treasures left.
Admission $7 (free parking)

Now also at the Extravaganzas: 
a Show inside the show, 
the Vintage Marketplace.

The new centerpiece of the show is the Vintage Marketplaceunder the big white tents in the center of the fairgrounds. The Vintage Marketplace gals have set up their show-within-a-show at the last few Extravaganzas, and that has brought a whole to crop of dealers, hundreds more shoppers, and amped the vintage vibe way up. Their advertising and promoting has really helped to grow the Springfield Extravaganza.

[Read my news about the Vintage Marketplace's new Columbus, Ohio show.] 

See more of my photos from the May 2013 Extravaganza, showing the Vintage Marketplace's big white tent, overflowing with treasures.

Watch this 

Screen shot - click to go through to PBS to watch the episode of Market Warriors when they were filming at Springfield Extravaganza May 2012.

The Extravaganza lives up to its name. Watch when the PBS show, Market Warriors, filmed an episode at there, in May 2012. Watch the entire episode online here at PBS.

See my post with all the fun photos I took of the cast and crew while I was there hunting for vintage treasures -- here. This is just one shot of Miller Gaffney:

[See My May 2013 Springfield Extravaganza Antique Show Photo Album]

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Things We Take For Granted: 8hr Workdays & 3-Day Weekends ~ #Vintage Labor Day Art

"Without labor nothing prospers." --Sophocles

Read up on the History of Labor Day.
Once upon a time we didn't even have 8-hour workdays, or weekends, let alone 3-day weekends: "The eight-hour day movement forms part of the early history for the celebration of Labour Day, and May Day in many nations and cultures."

More about the Eight Hour Movement hereAnd tons more here.

Enjoy your holiday weekend -- then back to work we go!

The National Eight Hour Law even has it's own theme song - listen here. The tune is where the phrase " Eight hours for work, eight hours for rest, eight hours for what we will! " came from.

"Hurrah, hurrah, for Labor! for it shall arise in might; 
It has filled the world with plenty, it shall fill the world with light; 
Hurrah, hurrah, for Labor! it is mustering all its powers, 
And shall march along to victory with the banner of Eight Hours! 
Shout, shout the echoing rally till all the welkin thrill,

Eight hours for work, eight hours for rest, eight hours for what we will!
Eight hours for work, eight hours for rest, eight hours for what we will!"

Like many causes, the movement had a culture of its own, including numerous songs. Of these the most popular was one that appeared in the Labor Standard in July 1878. Based on an 1866 poem written by I. G. Blanchard in the Workingman's Advocate, it was set to music by the Reverend Jesse H. Jones. The lyrics deem current working conditions a violation of God's will and the laws of the creation, which require that humans have time to devote to reflection, communion with nature, and, more generally, the exercise of freedom. The refrain, "Eight hours for work, eight hours for rest, eight hours for what we will," sees the division of the day into this triad as inherently and transcendently appropriate. 
[Source: ChicagoHistory.org]

“It's a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work. He can't eat for eight hours; he can't drink for eight hours; he can't make love for eight hours. The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work.” -- William Faulkner

"Eight hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, that's the only way I know how to do it." -- Phil Roth
The U.S. Postal Service has issued the Made in America: Building a Nation stamps to honor the men and women of the past who set our country’s future in motion. (link)

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Myers Dry Cleaners / AAA Lima Auto Club / Schines Ohio Theatre 1940 Photo

While technically a Delphos Ohio company, Myers Cleaners had 5 locations in Lima, Ohio. Hence this wonderful photo picturing one of the Myers dry cleaning stores, with 1940-ish GMC delivery truck. Note the Lima AAA is next door.

The address for Myers Cleaners was 126 W. North Street, and the AAA was at 124 W North St. That puts the AAA in the still-standing famous OHIO THEATER building, just west of Lima's Court House (which sits at Main and North and is also visible in the google maps photo below).

First, let's look at Myers Cleaners, then I'll add some info about Lima's AAA, and the Ohio Theatre.

DELPHOS INDUSTRY ON PARADE 38 Years Experience Stand Behind Myers Cleaners And Furriers, Inc. 
Today Myers Cleaners and Furriers Inc. is an independent organization headed by Mr. Jack Myers, son of the company's founder. It is controlled by Jack Myers, Mrs. Charles H. Myers and Betty Myers. 

Charles H, Myers, founder of Myers cleaners in 1922, established the organization in a business room of an old building situated at the site of the present post office. At that time Mr. Myers operated a tailor and press shop. From there he moved into the spot Vogt and Vogt Restaurant occupies today and specialized in cleaning and pressing and ladies ready-to-wear items. His next move was into the location of Credo's Furniture store. In 1933, Myers Cleaners was moved into its present site on North Main St. At that time the company occupied the building where only pressing is done today. In 1938, Mr. Myers rented the Mox building which bordered the other. There he went into the fur storage business and opened the first portion of his storage vault. Three years later in 1941 a large vacant lot on that same block was purchased from Standard Oil Co. and built up as part of Myers. Already in 1932. Myers had eight delivery trucks which went from house to house soliciting business in this area. By December, 1941 approximately 20 routes represented the local Cleaners. After that time operations were changed from house to house solicitation over to cash and carry branch store operations. With the war in 1945 Myers boasted of 15 branch stores and still had 4 routes left out of 20. The organization picked up its volume business however with the cash and carry idea. Today, 1950, Myers has 20 stores, 2 routes (which still solicit from house to house in this area) and a self-serve laundry in Lima. All processing work is done here at Delphos for Myers' 20 branch stores. Garments are received at the stores and taken back there for delivery. Myers' stores are located in Indiana (3) Auburn, Decatur, New Haven; in Ohio at Bucyrus, Celina, Defiance, Fostoria, St. Mary's, Tiffin, Van Wert, two at Findlay, five at Lima and three at Marion. All garments received at Myers are given full attention and are put through the complete cleaning cycle. First they are put into large dry cleaning washers filled with a cleaning solvent. From there they are placed in a large extractor where all excess solvent is removed. Lastly, the clothes are moved to the tumblers or dryers for the final step of the cleaning process. A recent addition to the dry cleaning machines at Myers was made in 1958. This machine is completely automatic and is a combination washer-extractor. (Their other machines are manually timed.) At capacity the washer-extractor holds 450 lbs. of garments per load. Myers boasts of having the only automatic machine of this size in Ohio. It is also one of three machines like it in the state.  
 [Photo in the newspaper article shows: The 8 original trucks of Myers Cleaners are viewed in front of their garage in the Edwards Bldg. located where Hanshumaker Motor Sales is today. The date is 1932.] 
Source: July 6, 1950 Delphos Daily Herald from Delphos, Ohio · Page 5

Charles Myers passed in 1952 (obit).

AAA porcelain badges are very collectible. See some collections here and here and here.

The Lima Automobile Club

The Lima Automobile Club was organized in 1907. In 1918 the address 126 W. North St. belonged to a storage company, but AAA was in there by 1930. They moved out of the location in 1965, into their new 635 W. Spring St. address. [Source] They then moved to their current location [on date: ?] at 2115 Allentown Road.

The Lima Auto Club is, of course, part of the national American Automobile Association. Read about the History of the AAA.



Built in 1927, it is a historic building, designed by architect Peter M. Hulsken. Hulsken was born in the Netherlands, then lived in Lima, Ohio. His firm(s) designed several movie theaters for the Schines chain, as well as many local buildings.

"Mr. Hulsken had been in the architectural profession in Lima for 40 years. His associate, Robert A. Helser, and Mr. Hulsken designed the new Elks lodge in Lima, the Elks home in Bexley, W. Va., and telephone buildings at Delphos, Ottawa, Shelby, Bucyrus and Mt. Vernon. The firm was the associate architects on the new Lima Greyhound bus terminal.

He formerly was co-partner in the Hulsken-Lyman T. Strong firm for 22 years. The organization drafted plans for Coldwater high school, Celina court house, Ohio Power Co. in Lima, Ohio theatre in Lima, theatres in Kenton, Bellefontaine, Wooster, Sandusky and in New York and West Virginia for the Schines Theatrical Co., Inc., and the First National Bank in Findlay.

Previously, Mr. Hulsken was in partnership with T. D. McLaughlin. They drafted plans for Lima South high school, Findlay Elks club, and Portland, Ind. courthouse." -- 
Excerpted from Peter Hulsken's obituary [here in full]

"The Schine family created one of the largest movie chains in the history of our country, opening movie theaters across the nation beginning in Fulton County in 1916. Louis and J. Myer Schine bought the Glove Theatre in 1920 and got into the vaudeville business. Junius "Myer" and Hildegarde Schine bought the Boca Raton Hotel in 1946 and eventually owned 15 hotels across the United States. Thus, the Schines, pioneers in the nation's entertainment and movie business..." [Source]

More on Junius Schine here and on Schine Enterprises.
More on Peter Hulsken.

Click the pic to read -- or read the entire 1928 Motion Picture News magazine here.


Note: These items are part of my ''Collecting Lima Virtual Museum''. They are not for sale.

If/when I find more information on these items, I will add it to the post.

Read the Introduction to my ''Collecting Lima'' Virtual Museum Project, all about my Lima Ohio Bottles, Advertising, Antiques collection.

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King Burger Drive In Restaurant ~1956-1976 Lima Ohio ~ Vintage Drinking Glass

King Burger Drive In Restaurant 
~1956-1976 Lima Ohio ~ 
Vintage Drinking Glass

I added this vintage drinking glass to my collection recently. 

It was made by Federal Glass, a well known Columbus, Ohio glass company, for "King Burger". 

King Burger Drive In was built in the winter of 1956. 

This vintage Pepsi Cola soda pop sign is on display at Lima's Happy Daz restaurant. 

...not tryinc to keep their work a secret by concealing it under heavy wraps. They were just keeping out the weather. The special plastic cover, which lets in the light but keeps the dampness out, permit- ted stucco plastering of the building's exterior and the laying of sidewalks during the heavy snow two weeks ago. The building will house a drive-in restaurant The builders are Paul Fields and Charles Rockwell. 

King Burger Carhops

Lima News Monday, Oct. 24, 1960 Luscious Eating At King Burger Drive-In Are you hungary for delicious food to satisfy your taste, at low prices? Try the King Burger Drive-In at 606 W. North Street. A canopy for all-weather outdoor service, enlargement of the indoor seating capacity, an order by phone system and expansion and a wider variety on the food menu add to the interior and exterior convenience and beauty of the King Burger. Delicious chicken plates, which consist of four crispy pieces with a generous portion of French fries, cole slaw and roll, all for one dollar, are an attraction on the menu. For those with a limited lunch hour, quick noon lunches are also served. According to the owners, Charles Rockwell and Paul Fields, 95 per cent of all the food served by the King Burger is purchased from Lima wholesalers. "Our hamburger is ground daily and our pies are freshly baked every day." stated Fields. Forty-eight customers can be served at once in the dining room, and 50 outdoor phones are at the service of drive-in customers. A total of 34 persons are on the siaff of employes, more than half of their employees have worked there for at least 2 years, which is a fact that the partners are very proud of. As Fields explained, "The King Burger is willing to pay better than average wages to retain qualified employes and eliminate a constant turnover of personnel. A friendly greeting; warm and COURTEOUS SERVICE [Photo: Three of the many courteous car-hops who serve drive-in customers at the King Burger.] The owners of the restaurant are proud that their employes are known for fast efficient service. Atmosphere, and good food are marks of superb quality around the restaurant. The Record Hop that the King Burger and Sill's Shoes co-sponsored a short time ago proved to be a big success. The attendance was 350 teenagers; each of them received a FREE King Burger. A drawing was held at the hop and a Savings Bond was awarded to the one holding the lucky ticket. "It was good for the kids and we enjoyed Rockwell remark- ed. Also they sponsored a Midget Football team, called the "Jets." A tour through the back scenes of the King Burger-Drive In revealed the cleanliness that is kept throughout the entire restaurant. They have been in business in Lima for about 4 and a half years now and their main concern is to satisfy their customers in every way. "Business has been good; we are remarkably above last years said Rockwell. "Thank you for your continual patronage."

Articles from the Lima News, circa1960, should more accurately be called ''advertorials''.

These are the only articles or online mentions I found about King Burger, besides people mentioning the place nostalgically in web-comments, and the many help wanted ads in the Lima News archives. They ran ads from 1956 until 1976.

I didn't find any other mentions of the owners, Charles Rockwell and Paul Fields.

The restaurant was located at 606 W. North St., Lima, Ohio.

Here's a photo of the King Burger building, but as there aren't any signs, I don't know when it was taken. Definitely before the google maps satellite image of the building which today houses Sullivan Insurance.


Note: These items are part of my ''Collecting Lima Virtual Museum''. They are not for sale.

If/when I find more information on these items, I will add it to the post.

Read the Introduction to Collecting Lima Virtual Museum Project ~ My Lima Ohio Bottles, Advertising, Antiques

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