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A Lucky Find! One of the FIRST Oak Acorn Gumball Vending Machines!

April 08, 2024 - Earlier this year I found an ad on Facebook Marketplace for an old Acorn gumball machine that was about an hour from my...
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Just Off The Bench! DIT-MCO / SPECO Drive-In Movie Speakers with Hanging Baskets!

March 16, 2024 - How is it halfway through March already? To mix it up, I've been mostly working on old Acorn gumball machines so far thi...
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Superman Wearing Darth Vader's Suit? "Space Power Warriors" - Bootleg Star Wars Toys from the 1990s!

February 19, 2024 - Do you remember the time that Superman flew to a galaxy far, far away and stole Darth Vader’s red suit and lightsaber? M...
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Fender Blackface Amplifier Gumball Machine

January 07, 2024 - Vintage Northwestern Model 60 Gumball Machine With a Fender Blackface Amplifier Theme First off, Happy New Year 2024! I...
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Patriotic Red, White, & Blue Vintage EPRAD Drive-In Speakers with Bluetooth & MP3

December 23, 2023 - I know it's half a year before the Fourth of July, but... This Patriotic themed vintage drive-in speaker set was a long...
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Merry Christmas from Kanauga Kool! - SPECO / DITMCO Bluetooth Drive-In Speakers on a Short Stand

December 07, 2023 - Merry Christmas! I hope that this time of the year finds you well, and I want to take a moment to post thanking those of...
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Restored Vintage Acorn Gumball Machine with Texaco Fire Chief Gasoline Theme

November 17, 2023 - Just off the bench - A Restored Vintage Acorn Gumball Machine with Texaco Fire Chief Gasoline Theme Just off of the...
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Bluetooth Drive-In Movie Speaker Report for October....

October 30, 2023 - Bluetooth Drive-In Speaker Report for October... and other ramblings. This isn't so much a "speaker report" as it's me...
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1964-1965 New York Word's Far Souvenir Plate

September 21, 2023 - 1964-1965 New York Word's Far Souvenir Plate This is a 1964 New York World’s Fair ceramic plate that belonged to my Unc...
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Vintage Bluetooth Drive-In Speakers - Green and Silver

August 12, 2023 - I just finished these speakers up this week! I noticed it had been a few years since I had done a green set, so here we...
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Reed Speaker Set from the Cuba Drive-In Theatre, Cuba, New Mexico - With Bluetooth & MP3

July 20, 2023 - If you've followed my Bluetooth drive-in speaker restorations for awhile, you'll notice that this is a little bit differ...
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Restored Vintage Acorn Gumball Machine with Texaco Sky Chief Gasoline Theme

July 09, 2023 - Just off the bench - A Restored Vintage Acorn Gumball Machine with Texaco Sky Chief Gasoline Theme Hopefully this J...
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Just off the Bench... SPECO Bluetooth Drive-In Movie Speakers with Red Glo-Top & Speaker Baskets!

June 09, 2023 - Just off the Bench... SPECO Drive-In Movie Speakers with Red Glo-Top & Speaker Baskets! This beautiful drive-in in mov...
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Happy 90th Birthday to the Drive-In Movie Theater for this June 6th - National Drive-In Movie Day!

June 05, 2023 - The Drive-In Movies Turn 90 Years Old! June 6, 2023, is National Drive-In Day and a very special birthday as it is the...
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New Webpage Feature - A Look Back: Photos of People, Places, & Antiques from Yesterday

May 13, 2023 - Late 2022 I scrubbed everything off of my personal Facebook page and let it sit for months trying to figure out what to...
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Just off the bench... EPRAD Drive-In Speakers and J-Box upgraded to Bluetooth & MP3!

May 09, 2023 - Just off the bench... EPRAD Drive-In Speakers and J-Box upgraded to Bluetooth & MP3 These vintage EPRAD drive-in movie...
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Vintage 1940's "Peek-A-Boo" Pin-Up Drinking Glasses by H. Fishlove

May 06, 2023 - Here is a vintage set of “Peek-A-Boo” glasses from the 1940s. I bought these drinking glasses (amazingly with its case!)...
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Why Did They Used To Paint Tree Trunks White?

April 18, 2023 - Does anyone remember family members white washing or painting their tree trunks white? I don’t see that much anymore, bu...
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Drive-In Speaker Restoration from the Cascade Drive-In, West Chicago, Illinois...

April 01, 2023 - Drive-In Speaker Restoration from the Cascade Drive-In, West Chicago, Illinois Just a quick blog post on this April 1st...
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Georgia Drive-In Theatre's Original Drive-In Movie Speakers Restored

March 16, 2023 - Just off the bench are these fabulous vintage Koropp drive-in speakers that were originally from the long gone Georgia D...
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Revisiting The Kanauga Drive-In Theatre - Gallipolis, Ohio

March 11, 2023 - I derived the name "Kanauga Kool” in remembrance of the drive-in theater that I went to as a small kid and later while i...
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Paying Respects to a Rock and Roll Legend... Little Richard's Grave in Huntsville, Alabama

March 07, 2023 - If you would have told me that last Friday that, “Jason, Saturday you will be picking up, fixing, and arranging cemetery...
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Happy Birthday George Harrison & the GIANT George Harrison Sign in Benton, Illinois

February 25, 2023 - Happy Birthday, George Harrison! And Why is there a GIANT George Harrison Sign in Benton, Illinois? Today, February...
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Bringing a Vintage 1954 Dualite / Hastings Piston Rings Advertising Clock Back To Life!

February 08, 2023 - Sometimes you just walk right into something pretty awesome, and this old clock is one of those situations. My father an...
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Remembering Valentine's Day at School

February 01, 2023 - As so many of us have different feelings about the importance of Valentines Day, the fact is it comes rolling around eve...
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Remembering Old Sled Works in Duncannon, Pennsylvania

January 06, 2023 - Whenever someone told me they were going to Harrisburg or Hershey, Pennsylvania I always piped in “make sure you visit O...
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1950's Simplex Drive-In Movie Theater Speaker Set with Bluetooth, MP3, & a Red Glow Top!

January 02, 2023 - Happy New Years 2023! While I was off for the holiday vacation the past few weeks I finished up this beautiful old Simp...
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Merry Christmas 2002 - 1950's Simplex Drive-In Movie Speakers - and THANK YOU!

December 14, 2022 - Merry Christmas 2022! It's a BLUE Christmas this year at my house... at least the tree and most of the living room deco...
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Bluetooth Simplex Drive-In Speaker Set & What Happened To Colored Hammered Spray Paints?

November 14, 2022 - I've been neglecting my Blog duties... but I have been busy! October is always my family's busiest month because of some...
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It's Texaco Gumball Machine Season!

September 18, 2022 - So it looks like it's Texaco gumball machine season! This is the second Texaco themed restoration this month. This time...
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Texaco Fire Chief Acorn Gumball Machine

September 10, 2022 - Just off the bench is this really cool penny Acorn gumball machine that I did a Texaco Fire Chief theme! This 1960's Oak...
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A Quick Sketch for Frankenstein Day 2022!

August 30, 2022 - Just a Quick Sketch this Morning to Celebrate Frankenstein Day 2022! Frankenstein Day is always August 30th and celebra...
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Kanauga Kool's Summer Review

August 13, 2022 - Kanauga Kool's Summer Review! Summer 2022 is officially over for me, even if the calendar says otherwise. My wife (a te...
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The Cedartown Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia

July 24, 2022 - Yesterday the wife and I set off for a quick road trip to Cedartown, Georgia to visit the Cedartown Museum of Coca-Cola...
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Yogi Bear and Prince

July 12, 2022 - This isn't really much of a blog post, but in an effort to get me back to making more regular posts I figured I'd share...
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Original Whitesburg Drive-In Theatre Speaker Set from Huntsville, Alabama - Now with Bluetooth & MP3

June 29, 2022 - So I decided to do another Whitesburg Drive-In set! This time I went with a short table top stand and added some color -...
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The End of Classic Monsters Cafe at Universal Studios?

May 14, 2022 - The End of Classic Monsters Cafe at Universal Studios? I've been reading rumors the past few weeks that Universal Studio...
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Just off the bench! The Whitesburg Drive-In Theatre Speakers - Huntsville, Alabama

April 04, 2022 - Just Off the Bench! The Whitesburg Drive-In Theatre Speaker Set from Huntsville, Alabama Here is a blast from Huntsv...
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New Art Prints For Sale!

March 03, 2022 - New Art Prints by Kanauga Kool for sale in my ART SHOP! These new art prints are fresh off the presses! I'm excited to...
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A Retro Visit To Kings Dominion, 1989 - With Quick Draw McDraw, The Flintstones, The Smurfs, & More!

February 27, 2022 - A Retro Visit To Kings Dominion in 1989 With Quick Draw McDraw, The Flintstones, The Smurfs, & More! A look back at some...
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Gulf Gas Themed Drive-In Speakers & Vintage Gulf Service Station in Waco, TX

February 18, 2022 - Gulf Gas Themed Drive-In Movie Speakers & Vintage Gulf Service Station in Waco, TX This is a Gulf themed drive-in spe...
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Vintage Silver King Gumball Machine Partial Restoration

February 06, 2022 - 1940's Silver King Gumball Machine with a Partial Restoration This is a vintage Silver King penny gumball machine tha...
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A Visit To Schimpff's Confectionery - 131 Years of Satisfying Kentuckiana’s Sweet Tooth!

January 16, 2022 - Schimpff's Confectionery - 131 Years of Satisfying Kentuckiana’s Sweet Tooth! Click the image to watch the video tour!...
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A New Art Page and a Happy New Year 2022!

December 31, 2021 - A New Art Page and a Happy New Year 2022! First of all, a Happy New Year! Hopefully 2022 can be brighter than the pas...
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Merry Christmas from Kanauga Kool!

December 12, 2021 - Merry Christmas! Thank you for a great 2021 and for the fantastic turnout I've had for the first full year of this vers...
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Dr. Pepper and The Dr. Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute in Waco, Texas

September 17, 2021 - Dr. Pepper and The Dr. Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute This past summer my family and I had a fantastic road...
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Frankenstein Day 2021!

August 29, 2021 - It's National Frankenstein Day 2021! Yep, August 30th is National Frankenstein Day, which is celebrated on Mary Shell...
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The Andy Griffith Show Acorn Gumball Machine Tribute

August 18, 2021 - The Andy Griffith Show Acorn Gumball Machine Tribute A returning customer recently wanted a restored gumball machine fr...
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CBX Mark II Bluetooth Drive-In Movie Speakers With Bluetooth

August 04, 2021 - CBX Mark II Drive-In Theater Movie Speakers I finished this Bluetooth & MP3 drive-in speaker set up this past week an...
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The Roadside America Museum - Hillsboro, Texas

July 21, 2021 - Soda Signs, Gas Pumps, Big Boys, Jukeboxes, & Classic Cars... OH MY! While roadtripping through Texas, my family stoppe...
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Made in Canada - Vintage Hammond Drive-In Movie Theater Speakers - With Bluetooth & MP3

July 17, 2021 - Just off the bench! These Canadian made drive-in movie speakers were stamped 1957 inside, have been paired to the corre...
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Pepsi Cola Themed Restored Vintage Oak Acorn Gumball Machine

June 30, 2021 - Just off the bench! This decades old vintage Oak Acorn gumball machine now features a great new Pepsi Cola theme featur...
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Happy Father's Day!

June 19, 2021 - Hope you Dads have a great day today! Here is a vintage Father's Day drive-in intermission ad played through a 1954 Simp...
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Vintage Sears & Roebuck Silvertone Model 1771 Tube Radio Comes Back To Life!

June 12, 2021 - Vintage Sears & Roebuck Silvertone Model 1771 Tube Radio Comes Back To Life! This old tube radio has not worked in 65 ye...
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June 6th is National Drive-In Movie Day!

June 06, 2021 - June 6th is National Drive-In Movie Day! Yes, brought to you by the mysterious people that officially make things like...
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Country Music Legends Rediscovered Exhibition - Wallace State, Hanceville, Alabama

June 05, 2021 - A visit to the Country Legends Rediscovered Exhibition This past week I traveled to the campus of Wallace State Communi...
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Vintage Memorial Day Drive-In Movie Theater Advertisment

May 30, 2021 - Vintage Memorial Day Drive-In Movie Advertisement Here is a fun old Memorial Day ad that I pre-load on my restored driv...
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Memorial Day Weekend 2021

May 30, 2021 - Thoughts on Memorial Day As I'm writing this it is the middle of Memorial Day weekend 2021. I had a great time Saturday...
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My Grandpa's 1936 Ford Tudor and the orginal receipt...

May 13, 2021 - 1936 Ford Tudor and the Original Receipt I've mentioned in the past how fortunate I was that my Grandparents kept a...
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Back to the Drive-In...

April 08, 2021 - Welcome back to the Drive-In Theater! I live in a climate where most of our drive-in theaters stay open year round. Nor...
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OUT OF THIS WORLD.... In Canada!

March 29, 2021 - The Flying Saucer Restaurant - Niagara Falls, Canada Much to the chagrin of my family, when I’m on a road trip I’m go...
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Weird Speakers, A Failed Car Maker, & X-rated Movies? - The Ranch Drive-In, Hartselle, AL

February 26, 2021 - What a Rabbit Hole! - The Ranch Drive-In Theatre, Hartselle, Alabama One of the first things I do when I get an old dri...
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Vintage Athens, Ohio - Court Street Parade

February 19, 2021 - Court Street, Athens, Ohio - The late 1930s or early 1940s As you can see it’s parade going down Court Street, but I...
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Vintage Columbus Zoo Photographs - Circa 1955 - Columbus, Ohio...

February 12, 2021 - The Columbus Zoo, Columbus, Ohio - Circa 1955 I grew up in Ohio from birth to the fourth grade and a visit to The C...
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The Big Chief Drive-In Restaurant - Glencoe, Alabama

January 26, 2021 - The Big Chief Drive-In Restaurant - Glencoe, Alabama Since starting this blog portion of my website I’ve been trying...
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Just Off The Bench - Late 1950's Simplex De Luxe "In-A-Car" Drive-In Speaker Set

January 19, 2021 - Just Off The Bench... I just finished up a beautiful set of late 1950's Simplex De Luxe "In-A-Car" drive-in speakers th...
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College Football Playoff National Championship Game...

January 10, 2021 - So there is a game tomorrow. For those of you that follow me and don't know me personally, I'm from Ohio and I live in A...
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A Happy New Year... and the first restoration of 2021

January 03, 2021 - Happy New Year! Happy 2021! The end of 2020 was something as everyone in my household got Covid-19 - except for ME for...
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Drive-In Speakers for Christmas...

December 05, 2020 - Need a gift they'll never forget this Christmas? My Bluetooth drive-in speaker sets make an amazing and unique gift for...
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Gem Beverages Sign...

December 02, 2020 - Please Help my find THIS sign! I am looking for this exact Gem Beverages Sign. Gem Beverages is a small bottler out o...
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The Iron Bowl...

November 28, 2020 - Around where I live, this is probably one of the most important days of the year. Being a transplant, it's always been f...
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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2020 - Happy Thanksgiving! Here is one from a few years back.
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This gumball machine is in search of an identity...

November 25, 2020 - I just finished prepping this Oak Acorn gumball machine last night for a restoration. It's funny how there are so many v...
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A new website, again...

November 24, 2020 - It's past time to have a website again. It's been nearly 15 years since I had a proper website, and I killed that one of...
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