Even though the pictures may have faded and the attractions grown smaller over the years, the memories they evoke are larger than ever.
I remember standing on the squishy carpeted tongue of the big, blue whale. His bones were painted white inside his mouth and his body was filled with little aquariums where fish darted about.
My sister and I loved the gigantic pumpkin, and happily posed for photos. And as I remember, it took quite a hoist from my dad to get me upon the toe of the Old Woman's shoe.
I often think back on those days in Kansas City, especially as the school year has started. We would get new clothes from the downtown Sears, and Mom would make us special clothes to accent our store-bought niceties. I hated wearing those husky sized Toughskins, but always loved the shirts with hand-embroidered yokes that I always so proudly wore.
Tomorrow, September 29, is my last day with The Vintage Laundress at Vickie Davis' booth at The Texas Rose Antique Show. On Thursday, October 1, I'll be in Cincinnati celebrating the season premier of Great Lifestyles at Bova Contemporary furniture. Reserve your tickets here.
For more vintage memories, checkout The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at Borders, Barnes & Noble, Amazon or Powell's.