Antique Gilbarco Calco-Meter Gas Pump

An antique Gilbarco Calco-Meter gas pump with Texaco Fire Chief Gasoline sign in front of a garage at sunset.

The antique gas pump in front of this garage is a Gilbarco Calco-Meter pump with Texaco Fire Chief Gasoline signage. Gas is just 49 cents a gallon!

I photographed it while the sun was setting behind me, as the light was fading away.

The garage is behind a house on Arbor Avenue in the neighborhood where I grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. When I was a teenager, the house was owned by an old man named Cecil Young, who was in his early 80s at the time. Mr. Young was also a photographer, and I spent a lot of time talking to him when I was in high school. The current owners added a porch to the front of the house and placed the gas pump in front of the garage.

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Abandoned Farmhouse On US-33 in Noble County, Indiana

The front of an abandoned farmhouse on US-33 in Noble County, Indiana. The porch has victorian gingerbread and there is a weathered wood door on the second floor opening to the roof of the porch.

This abandoned farmhouse is located on a farm on US-33, southeast of Wolf Lake, in Noble County, Indiana.

The farm itself is still in operation; there were several horses in enclosures next to modern barns behind the house, as well as a lot of modern farm equipment. Only the house was abandoned.

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Beast of Busco #3

A giant cement turtle watches traffic on Main Street in front of the town hall in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana.

This giant turtle stood in front of the Churubusco Government Center on Main Street (US-33) in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana. It was moved here from its usual place at the intersection of Main Street (US-33) and Line Street due to construction work being done there, and has been returned to its old spot since I made this photograph back in October, 2015..

The turtle represents the “Beast of Busco”, a giant turtle that a local farmer claimed to have seen in his pond in the early 20th Century. The turtle, named Oscar by locals, was never found. In some accounts, Oscar was claimed to weigh 500lb, and in others it was claimed that he was as big as a small car!

Today, Churubusco has embraced the legend of the giant turtle. The signs on the highway that welcome people to Churubusco proclaim the town to be “Turtle Town USA”, and the town has an annual “Turtle Days Festival.”

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Foggy Spring Morning #2

A single tree stands in a fencerow on the edge of a field on a foggy early spring morning in rural Indiana.

This tree grows on the eastern edge of a field on the north side of Indianapolis Road, east of Buskirk Road, in rural southwest Allen County, Indiana.

The field behind the tree and fence is part of the farm whose long tree-lined driveway I photographed on another foggy morning in the fall of 2012. The horse and pasture in my last post is on the other far side of the fence shown in this photograph.

I photographed it last Wednesday morning, which was very foggy, around 7am. That morning was one of the most beautiful that I have seen in a long time. I photographed several places nearby before the sun came out.

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Foggy Pasture

A horse stands next to a tree in a green pasture on a foggy morning in rural southwest Allen County, Indiana.

This field is on the north side of Indianapolis Road, east of Buskirk Road, in rural southwest Allen County, Indiana. The horse shares the pasture with several black cows, one of which is grazing in the background.

They belong to the farm whose long tree-lined driveway I photographed on another foggy morning in the fall of 2012.

Last Wednesday morning, the morning when I made this photograph, was one of the most beautiful foggy mornings that I have seen in a long time. I made several landscape photographs nearby at the same time. This scene is across the street from the lonely tree in my last post.

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Foggy Spring Morning

A lone tree stands in the middle of a field on a foggy early spring morning on Indianapolis Road in rural southwest Allen County, Indiana.

This tree stands in a field on the south side of Indianapolis Road, east of Buskirk Road, in rural southwest Allen County, Indiana.

I photographed it last Wednesday, a foggy spring morning, around 7am. That morning was one of the most beautiful that I have seen in a long time. I photographed several places nearby before the sun came out; this was the first of those places.

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Old House on Spy Run Avenue

An old house with pink gingerbread decorations and two American flags, located at 1317 Spy Run Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana. One flag is a small one hanging next to the door. The other is a large one covering the the large front window like a curtain.

This old house is located on the west side of Spy Run Avenue, just north of Historic Fort Wayne, near downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. In addition to the small American flag hanging by the door, the large front window of the house is covered by a large flag that serves as a curtain.

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Watch The Changes

An arrow sign that says Watch The Changes points at an old house on West Main Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This old house stood on the north side of West Main Street, next to Redwood Inn, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The house looked like it was being remodeled, a conclusion backed up by the “Watch The Changes” arrow sign.

I made this photograph at the end of November, 2015. In early 2016, I drove past the place and was surprised to see that the house had been demolished! The arrow sign was still standing in the now-vacant lot in April, 2016.

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Motel Chairs in Belle Vista

A pair of white metal patio chairs, one a motel chair, sit together in the snow-covered front yard of a house in the Belle Vista neighborhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana. An American flag is planted in a large flowerpot between the chairs.

I found this pair of old metal chairs in the front yard of a house on Remington Drive in the Belle Vista neighborhood in the Waynedale area of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The American flag is a common sight in this working-class neighborhood.

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The Liberty Van

The Liberty Van, a minivan covered in political signs promoting conservative causes and rightwing conspiracy theories. Most of the signs support smokers rights and oppose antismoking laws.
The side of Lynda Farley’s smoker’s rights van
Crosses, angel figurines, snowglobes, Christmas decorations, and political signs cover the hood and bumper of a minivan.
The front of the Liberty Van
Smokers rights activist Lynda Farley sitting in the drivers seat of her minivan, the Liberty Van, which is completely covered in political and religious signs.
“Militant Capitalist Smoker” Lynda Farley in the driver’s seat of her Liberty Van

“You should take pictures of THAT!” my son exclaimed as we walked out of the Walmart store at the Apple Glen Shopping Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana on the evening of May 2, 2016. By the time he said it, I was already thinking of how I would compose the pictures!

The object of our attention was a minivan sitting in one of the handicapped parking spaces near one of the store’s entrances. It was COMPLETELY covered in political signs and stickers, snow globes, angel figurines, and Christmas decorations. An American flag and a Gadsden flag (the “Don’t Tread On Me” rattlesnake flag that was adopted by the Tea Party movement) flew from the top of the van.

The van belongs to Lynda Farley, a 65 year old woman from Kentucky who was visiting Fort Wayne. She described herself as a “Militant Capitalist Smoker” and the leader of the “American Smokers Party.”

The van, which Lynda called the Liberty Van, is covered in signs advocating for a wide range of rightwing political ideas. Everything from standard conservative ideas (opposition to abortion, support for gun rights, and dislike of President Obama) all the way to some of the most ridiculous conspiracy theories (The UN is trying to enslave us, government is using the pharmaceutical industry to poison us, public schools turn kids into Communists).

Lynda Farley’s main concern, however, is smoking. She likes to smoke, and she is not happy about all of the laws that have been put into effect in recent years to restrict smoking in public places. She told me that Indiana, one of the most conservative states in the country, became “Communist” when it passed a statewide ban on smoking in restaurants!

Lynda truly believes that smoking cigarettes is a completely harmless pastime that does NOT cause cancer or any other health problems. She asserted that the government, working with the drug industry, has spread lies about tobacco in order to increase sales of smoking cessation aids, like nicotine gum and nicotine patches.

She handed me a flyer with a photo of a woman lighting a cigarette off a candle on her 100th birthday cake. The caption said; “She lived 102 years. Tragic example of premature smoking caused death.”

As I was talking to Lynda and photographing her and her van, a number of people stopped and snapped photos with their phones. One man walked up to us and asked, with a chuckle, “Is Alex Jones in there?” Jones is probably the most famous pusher of rightwing conspiracy theories in the United States, best known for his Infowars and Prison Planet websites.

Interestingly, Lynda has a degree in computer science and is retired from IBM, where she was a programmer for many years! One of the reasons she retired was that the company decided to ban smoking on company property.

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