Hanging Out With Hello Kitty

A young man with a Hello Kitty doll smoking a cigarette next to a ride at the 2015 Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
A guy with a Hello Kitty doll at the 2015 Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This guy at the 2015 Three Rivers Festival is trying so hard to look cool, but the Hello Kitty doll kind of ruins it for him!

The Three Rivers Festival takes place every summer in July at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. I go every year and photograph people at the festival.

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Fairy Princess at the Three Rivers Festival

A little girl dressed as a fairy princess, with butterfly wings and a magic wand, stands on a retaining wall at Headwaters Park during the 2015 Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Little girl dressed as a fairy princess at the 2015 Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This little girl dressed as a fairy princess was standing on the retaining wall in front of Headwaters Park one evening during the 2015 Three Rivers Festival.

The Three Rivers Festival takes place every summer in July at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. I go every year and photograph people at the festival.

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Taiwan Express Restaurant

Taiwan Express, a Chinese restaurant in an old building with a barn roof in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Taiwan Express Restaurant on the northwest side of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This Taiwanese restaurant is located at Five Points, the intersection where Sherman Boulevard, Goshen Road, and Lillian Avenue come together on the northwest side of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The building looks like an old barn, which it might have been, long ago, before this area became part of the city.

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More Photos of Newspaper Machines

A large number of old newspaper vending machines lined up against a wall.

A collection of old blue and red newspaper vending machines facing a gray brick wall in front of the Fort Wayne Newspapers building on Main Street in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Here are two more photographs of the old newspaper vending machines lined up against the wall next to the loading docks along the front of the Fort Wayne Newspapers building on Main Street in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. I posted the first of the photos I made of them a few days ago.

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Fort Wayne Newspapers

A line of old newspaper vending machines facing a gray brick wall outside the Fort Wayne Newspapers building on Main Street in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. One of them has Journal-Gazette painted on it.
Old newspaper machines outside the Fort Wayne Newspapers building on Main Street in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

These old newspaper vending machines are lined up against the wall next to the loading docks along the front of the Fort Wayne Newspapers building on Main Street in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The red ones sold Fort Wayne’s morning paper, the Journal-Gazette; while the blue ones sold the evening paper, the News-Sentinel.

Fort Wayne Newspapers handles printing and distribution for the city’s two daily newspapers, which remain independent of each other in every other respect. Fort Wayne is unique for a midsize American city; few of them still have more than one daily newspaper.

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Land Of The Free – Home Of The Brave

An arrow sign in front of Elmhurst Church of the Nazarene in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The sign says Land of the Free Home of the Brave.
Patriotic sign in front of Elmhurst Church of the Nazarene in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This sign sat for several weeks in front of Elmhurst Church Of The Nazarene on Sandpoint Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The church is down the street from my house, in the neighborhood where I grew up.

The sign says; “Land Of The Free, Home Of The Brave.”

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House on Elnora Drive

An American Flag painted on the side of a small storage shed behind a house on Elnora Drive in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
An American flag painted on the side of a storage shed behind a house in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

I found this house on Elnora Drive, just northeast of the intersection of Washington Center Road and Coldwater Road, on the north side of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

When I knocked on the door to ask permission to photograph the shed behind the house, an Asian kid answered the door and told me that his parents didn’t speak English, but it was ok for my to photograph it. They were renovating the house, which is why there are piles of wood in the yard.

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Magic Wand Restaurant #5

The carry-out window at Magic Wand Restaurant in Churubusco, Indiana. Photographed at night with the neon lights turned on. Tables with Coca-Cola umbrellas provide seating in front of the restaurant.
The walk-up window at Magic Wand, a restaurant and ice cream parlor in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana.

Magic Wand is a locally owned restaurant in the small town of Churubusco, Indiana. I first ate here as a young boy, when my family would stop here on our way to Chain-O-Lakes State Park, where we often went camping.

Customers buying ice cream often go to the walk-up window to order, then eat on the tables in front of the restaurant.

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Johnson Brothers Signs

A backlit American flag sign hangs on the front of the gray cinderblock Johnson Brothers Signs building on State Road 5 in South Whitley, Indiana.
The front of Johnson Brothers Signs, with their backlit American flag sign, on State Road 5 in South Whitley, Indiana.
Neon Electric Sign Manufacturers, a sign on top of the Johnson Brothers Signs building on State Road 5 in South Whitley, Indiana.
Neon Electric Sign Manufacturers. This old sign stands on top of the Johnson Brothers Signs building in South Whitley, Indiana.

Johnson Brothers Signs is on State Road 5, just south of the Eel River, in the small town of South Whitley, Indiana.

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Gas Station in South Whitley

Four old gas pumps in front of several large fuel tanks at a gas station on State Road 14 in South Whitley, Indiana.
Old gas pumps in front of a fuel tank at a gas station on State Road 14, outside the small town of South Whitley, Indiana.

These old gas pumps and fuel tanks are at Myers Deli-Mart, a gas station on State Road 14 on the southeast side of the small town of South Whitley, Indiana.

These gas pumps are a type that was common when I was a young boy in the 1980s. All of them here have “Out Of Order” signs on them, except the one on the right, which dispenses diesel fuel.

It was raining lightly when I photographed them.

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