Six feet of social distancing at the check outs but not in the aisles

Have you noticed what is happening now when you are in a grocery store or a pharmacy since the outbreak of Coronavirus / COVID-19, and the implementation of the “Six feet of social distancing” rules/guidelines?  Sadly, all bets are off when you start down the aisles  that you’ll experience the same rules/guidelines being in place or being adhered to by all shoppers. 

Giant Eagle grocery stores, for example, now have pasted on the floors on the ends of the aisle with the green arrow to proceed up the aisle or a red “X” that you are not to go up that direction in the aisle.

I’ve heard the announcements about the change, however, there are no overhead hanging signs that reflect the directional changes in the aisles – signs that would be directly over the aisles at the same height level of where shoppers often look to see if pizza or frozen vegetables are in that aisle, so guess what — few adhere to proceeding in the proper direction in the aisles because of this lack of signage.  They aren’t listening to the muffled voice telling them to look on the floor for the pasted down signs telling them to proceed up an aisle or not to proceed. 

So, no social distancing in the aisles; in fact bottlenecks occur also due to extra cardboard displays angled out into the aisles cutting down on the aisle width.  Not to mention needing to move around some workers doing their jobs with stocking the shelves – an understandable necessity!  But, then there are the random roving item checker robots that beep as they twist and turn while gliding along to take stock of the inventory or whatever else they do that I may not be aware of. 

So, now we come to better understand the reasons we are strongly recommended to wear cloth masks. I would add to look at the floor for the green arrows or the red “x’s” and make sure you are moving along in the right direction.  For stores that have no signage for the aisles, you are on your own to work your way through them and avoid other shoppers as much as you can.  This is about all we can do if we have to go out and maneuver our way through the stores to buy food and other supplies.

Such is life in our 21st Century living during a pandemic; and feeling our way through it and out of it.

Main Street Antiques of Oberlin, Ohio has Lorain artifacts for sale

Main Street Antiques in Oberlin Ohio has these wonderful Lorain Ohio artifacts for sale.   The wedding photos are thought to be of members of the Ricci Family that are connected to the Ricci Tailors that once were operating on Broadway in Lorain.  And the Lorain Tornado of 1924 full page print of the devasting scenes of the aftermath 

A November visit to the 530 Shop, LTD. in Lorain, Ohio brings back memories

Sharing photos from a visit in late November to the 530 Shop, LTD in Lorain, Ohio

Lorain, Ohio is my hometown and the 530 Shop on Broadway has been there a long time. 

The building was constructed after the great Sandusky/Lorain Tornado struck on June 28, 1924. 

It is wonderful to see it still standing and being used as an antique store! 

The proprietor is Jani Oehlke.  It has been in the Oehlke family for several generations.  

Hope you enjoy the photos!

LORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 - ANTIQUE GLOBE LAMP AND POTTERYLORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 - JANI BY 530 BANNERLORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 - TOP OF TABLELORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 - WINDOW DISPLAY - 3LORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 - WINDOW DISPLAY - 2LORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 - INSIDE WINDOW DISPLAY - 1LORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 - WINDOW DISPLAY - 1LORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 -CABINET WITH CANDLE DISPLAY - 2LORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 - TALL CABINET WITH KEYS

Archibald M. Willard – There is Always Something New to Learn about this talented artist and his paintings. A good place to start learning is at the “Spirit of ’76” Museum in Wellington, Lorain County, Ohio

Sharing from a story and short video about the “Spirit of ’76” Museum located in historic downtown Wellington, Lorain County, Ohio.  

It is personally heartwarming to read new articles written about this small but floor-to-ceiling, history-filled, southern Lorain County museum that largely focuses its collection on the life and art of native Ohioan, Archibald McNeal Willard, whose “Spirit of ’76” painting brought this once obscure artist noteworthy fame from near and far alike at the time of its public unveiling in 1876 at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia that has endured into the 21st Century.

In 1999, I was asked by the Fayette County (Ohio) Genealogical Society to compile an account, a short biographical story, about Archibald M. Willard, who was at one point the mystery artist of the large murals inside the court house in Washington Court House, Fayette County, Ohio.  One of the first places I visited was the “Spirit of ’76” Museum in Wellington.  I  highly recommend it to be your starting point as well if you wish to learn more about Archibald M. Willard and the artistic legacy he left us to admire and enjoy today.  Thanking all who have preserved his works!  


The fun of Researching Ohio Bricks

I recently purchased three Ohio bricks (meaning that the word “Ohio” is stamped on them!) that I thought were really neat to have.  I knew I had some other older red bricks with different names stamped on them so I wanted to add the Ohio bricks to the small but now growing collection.

Sharing my photos of the bricks here. I cleaned them up with “D/2 Biological Solution”, a soft bristle brush, and regular water to rinse them off.  It will take awhile longer for them to lighten up more than they are now.  

Also sharing some great links that I found on the Internet about bricks made in Ohio:

Brick Names

“The Paving Brick Industry in Ohio” from the Ohiodnr 

The Trimble and Wassall Brick Companies, Athens County, Ohio

Bricks of Ohio WordPress blog:

     Metropolitan Block Canton, Ohio

     Trimble Block

“Historic Ohio Bricks” publication order form

“Brickcollectorblog”BRICKS - VALENTINE XX 1W


The History of Luxor Ltd. of Chicago & Bakelite Boxes Manufacturered for Them by General Industries of Elyria, Ohio

Sharing a link to “CollectingVintageCompacts” and the blog post entitled:

“History of Luxor Cosmetics — “The Brand that was Born in Blood”that offers a highly detailed and colorful historical account of the Luxor Cosmetics Company of Chicago, Illinois and their products manufactured down through the years.  

Below are photographs of two Luxor bakelite boxes that were manufactured by the General Industries Company of Elyria, Ohio.  

The beige and brown bakelite box has much of its original contents, minus a lipstick.  Included is a small brochure that is dated 1933.  The complexion powder in cardboard box and rouge tint in a small green plastic compact are both in never-used condition.  Their noticeable scent still lingers when the bakelite box lid is removed.