Wonders Old Time Museum
This was the biggest show
I ever did. I built a 5,000 square foot old time dime
museum called True Wonders Old Time Museum next to the
casinos in Lake Tahoe! It was fabulous and a big room
was dedicated to the sideshow 'zibits etc.
I Had my stuff, some
Tate, some Frierson and a genuine 9½ foot tall GIANT
mummy named Olaf The Giant. A super exhibit that was a
perfectly kept Gaff from Nelson Supply made in the late
1800's or early 1900's. It had been exhibited at the
Seattle World's Fair too. What a piece. I had it on
loan. Anyway I had a letter from Big Foot 'Expert'
Professor Grover Krantz DEMANDING it be turned over for
study or else! He thought after seeing it, it would
prove the locomotion traits of Big Foot. Now Krantz was
a certified Professor at Washington State University and
while Olaf was a cool realistic exhibit, even I could
see the legs and thighs gave it away, too fleshed out
for a mummy of that supposed age. The smarter they are
the harder they fall.
The Museum also had
Antique Toys (a huge collection of Tin Toys...65 Fully
Restored Pedal Cars...) There was a Celebrity section
with Sammy Davis Jr.’s costumes, Liberace and a big Bing
Crosby Collection of all his stuff. There were actual
Movie Stunt Vehicles and a working Robby The Robot movie
prop. It was a hell of a thing...but it flopped. Nobody
cared. The admission was only $3 too! Oh well, I'm
still trying to recover from that and it was 1993-94.
It was a life long dream
and it dumped...so there ya go.
Discount ticket for
the Doug Higley's True Wonders Old Time Museum courtesy
of Mark Frierson