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Well, I admit, I am somewhat sheltered, but lawn ornaments just aren't a big thing around here (not to say that you can't find them, the trailer comment is, of course, terribly accurate). I was floored when, years ago, I visited Dayton, Ohio with then significant (well, not THAT significant ) other at all the animals.. ceramic, metal, plastic, concrete, you name it, EVERY yard seemed to have some manner of fake wildlife. It only took me a few days to understand why though.. I'm not at all sure real animals would be willing to live there! (Sorry, if any Daytonians are about - but it was the most depressing place I've ever been)
Robin
Give me lush, green, rolling, foothills of the Appalachians any day..
Actually there were some real weird ones in there. One I won't even mention but it is offensive to me and I can't figure out why the photographer took that.

I took the description referencing the trash heap of history as his commentary on those objects being part of American history that is best thrown out, but I don't know if that is what was meant.

Paula
"I think I'm having the best childhood I've ever had!" Mimi
In more recent incarnations - and they're still made and sold, AFAICT, since I've seen them as lawn decorations on new suburban houses - the slave/servant has transmogrified into a white "jockey". Sometimes, they now hold electric lights instead of hitching rings.

There's a beautiful one in the French Quarter in front of a fine old home.It's in the shape of... a horse. An antique brass horse head with the hitching ring held in it's mouth.It's on Dauphine Street.

Terri

Larry La Prise, the man who wrote "The Hokey Pokey," died peacefully at age
93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin.

They put his left leg in. And then the trouble started.
"'These statues were used as markers on the Underground Railroad throughout the South into Canada,' said historian/author Charles Blockson, curator ... Philadelphia. 'Green ribbons were tied to the arms of the statue to indicate safety; red ribbons meant to keep going.

This is way cool. I did not know about their history on the Underground Railroad. Makes me want to get one and keep a green ribbon on it!

~~Judy
My favorite lawn ornamentation remains the Virgin Mary and the Seven Dwarfs someone had in front of their house a few miles from here some time ago.

And my favorite was the one of the nativity scene. Complete with Santa standing with the wise men.
~~Judy
And my favorite was the one of the nativity scene. Complete with Santa standing with the wise men.

Replete with camels and goats and reindeer?

Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

Amateurs study cryptography; professionals study economics. Allan Schiffman
@attbi s53:
One of my neighbors when I lived more rurally had plastic cats climbing her gutters.

That reminds me of a discovery I've made as a new Baltimoron: the cats (plastic?) attached to the outside walls of many people's houses. They're meant to look like they're just climbing straight up the house's walls you know, like cats always do and pause to look down at you. WTF?

Cate
the cats (plastic?) attached to the outside walls of many people's houses. They're meant to look like they're just climbing straight up the house's walls you know, like cats always do and pause to look down at you. WTF? Cate

Bizarre, isn't it? You don't see cats climbing brick on a regular basis? Are you blind? My cats hate having to be indoors only - they're just craving that brick climbing. The only thing I can offer is the fireplace ;-D
Janet Boss
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Bizarre, isn't it? You don't see cats climbing brick on a regular basis? Are you blind? My cats hate having to be indoors only - they're just craving that brick climbing. The only thing I can offer is the fireplace ;-D

I guess mine has to be satisfied with the stone floor in the kitchen, although the angle is obviously off.
Cate
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