Saturday, March 22, 2008

Makinson Hardware

1) Makinson Hardware on Broadway in Downtown Kissimmee is the oldest hardware store in Florida, having been established in 1884. It has been at this location since 1924.
2) The horse sign has been up there for 40, 50, or 60 years. The gentleman that provided the information wasn't sure which.
3) They've been rolling this horse out everyday for 70 years.
4) Detail of the street lamps on Broadway in Downtown Kissimmee.

Both horse bubbles contain actual quotes from the TV Show Mr. Ed, the talking horse.


Fénix - Bostonscapes said...

Mr Ed! It's been ages...Nice street lamp. :)

Chris said...

A horse is a horse
Of course, of course!
And no one can talk to a horse
Of course
That is, of course, unless the horse
Is the famous Mr. Ed!!

(Hmmm. . .Can you tell I loved that show?)

George Townboy said...

Fénix: I swear, my horses talked to me too! LOL ... I picked the lamp with the tumbleweed!

Chris: No. Sing it again, lol!

Lynette said...

Wonderful, wonderful photos and facts. I'll have to get a photo of the horse over on NW 23rd that gets rolled out--I guess it's on wheels, but I've never looked down, come to think of it--every day that the store is open. You'll like it, GTB.

Thanks for pulling for the Dawgs! By the way, I get real excited about NASCAR, too. In fact, if I were filthy ever-lovin' rich, I'd own a team or two.

Clueless in boston said...

Chris took the words right out of my mouth:)

What is the connection with horses and the hardware store?

Carletta said...

I came by to find a quick smile or two before going to bed - found em'!!!
Always a treat - now I can sleep!

Mr. Ed said, "Well, time to hit the hay...oh, I forgot, I ate it!"
Loved the show.

George Townboy said...

Lynette: Thank you! I wonder if it's this guy's twin?

I'll have to get a picture of the NASCART track here in Kissimmee and post it for you!

Clueless: We could have had a duet going, lol.

The hardware store has been around longer than motor vehicles, and I'm guessing it was also a feed store back then. I'll check to confirm, though.

Carletta: You crack me up!! I'm smiling now, too.

Who knew Mr. Ed was so popular? LOL

Ben said...

Love the bubbles on the third photo. it's kind a funny.

Neva said...

This is great. I love how some things just happen because "that's the way it is!" (horse getting rolled out every day. The hardware stores here would have had to put the snow stuff back out as we have lots of snow again! I am soooo looking forward to spring..

Small City Scenes said...

What are the odds? From herons and to horses. Pretty weird, huh.

George Townboy said...

Ben: Thanks! Mr. Ed always cracked me up!

Neva: Funny, isn't it? Traditions, lol. I noticed your dogs loving the snow!!

Small City Scenes: We must have some kind of psychological connection ... let's see what happens tomorrow! LOL

Carletta said...

I had to come by and thank you for the visit and oh, the roses too - wondered where they came from.
Still smiling this morning!

Janice Thomson said...

Gosh it's been years since I heard of Mr.Ed.
'It's been a long time since I was a pony' - yep can sure identify with that :)
Love that street lamp.

George Townboy said...

Carletta: LOL ... I have to confess, the florist messed up, I ordered yellow roses to go with your beautiful dress and those fancy rainbow yellow shoes!! You always put a smile on my face too!!

Janice: Mr. Ed was cool ... I wonder why they don't make a modern day series?? Maybe some originals can't be tampered with? I'm thinking out loud, lol.

Some things in Kissimmee are pretty cool ... the street lamp is one of them, lol. Thanks!

Sonia said...

Wow! Just amazing images!

Sailor Girl said...

Great post again!!! I loved specially the detail of the street lamps. It looks like a sheep, right?

George Townboy said...

Sonia Thank you!!

Sailor Girl: Thank you also!! It's actually a cow ... one of those white cows, I believe, with the large hump on its shoulders. (I don't know what they are called.)