Sunday, May 10, 2009

Transportation Exhibit @ the American History Museum

Well, it was nice to get to sleep in a little this morning, having just returned from a 4 day bus trip with 60+ 8th graders to our nation's capital.
This year, we had a chance to visit the American History Museum. It's been a while since I've been in this particular Smithsonian since it has been closed for renovations for the past 3 years.
I was a bit disappointed that many of the things I remember about the museum (i.e. Archie Bunker's chair, Fonzie's leather jacket, etc.) are no longer on display. However, there was an exhibit on the history of transportation in the United States that I thought was pretty interesting.
I was particularly interested with this display, depicting an early service station complete with dial face gas pump, Model A and what appears to be an early mechanic's rotisserie.
Having had many model train layouts in my early years, and now having a 3 year old that is "into" wooden train sets, I enjoyed the early steam engines on display.
Man...this school bus was VERY kool.
This harley was decked out in chrome!
This traditional looking Model A roadster was awesome.
O.k....this first series Honda Civic isn't Suede and Chrome worthy, just thought it was hilarious that it was on display. (They also had a first generation Dodge minvan on display near this Honda.)