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Sunday, 28 March 2004

Pix Of The Day: Pump It Up For Lincoln Highway
CREDIT: © Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor/LHHC.org
WHERE: Pennsylvania, USA. WHAT: Lincoln Highway Pump Parade.
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Tole Pump © Carol Wood & Regis KirbyWe were amazed to discover that within the pages of this august tome there is but a single reference to the Lincoln Highway [LH], the first identifiable transcontinental road to connect New York City with San Francisco. The shortcoming will be remedied in due course, but meanwhile we thought you may enjoy a quirky introduction to the highway.

The LHHC.org [Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor] web site supports the parent organization's mission to promote the LH in six Pennsylvania counties. One promotion takes the Cow/Fish Parade idea, run in many cities worldwide, and with a deft twist turns it into a Pump Parade.

Our own choice from the twenty one entries [obsessives note that 'Vincent Van Gas' is illustrated twice, so your twenty two count is not completely awry] was 'Tole Pump' [middle row LH] by Katie Pospisil, which will grace the Travelers Rest Motel, Everett, Bedford County, PA, during the parade's ten year life span. The People's Choice winner was 'Forever In Our Hearts' [middle row RH], by Carol Wood & Regis Kirby, which will be displayed outside Route 30 Antiques, Central City, Somerset County, PA.

Part of the reason for this popular choice must be connected with a famous landmark in the Allegheny Mountains, the remarkable viewpoint at the Ship Hotel. You may also read how the Coffee Pot landmark was moved and restored.

Persons fired with enthusiasm for the Pump Parade promotional idea should go to web pages at TheThemeFactory.com of Philadelphia, suppliers of 'Uncommon Resources for Spectacular Events'. Whatever will they think of next? We can hardly wait!

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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)