Long before the Dfunkster was born, Grandpa Dfunk was busy taking photos. Here are just a few jaw droppers from his collection.
Starting with a pretty stunning shot of one of the Belle Isle Nike Missile launchers in a Memorial Day parade circa 1956. This launcher was one of many that was situated on the tip of Belle Isle near the Livingstone Lighthouse on that large grassy section.
Heres a closeup of the guys wearing biohazard suits on the launcher.
In the same Memorial Day parade we see the Eastland Mall kiddie train.
Heres a cropped pic of the Sanders store at Eastland soon after the mall opened. In its original configuration, Eastland was an open air campus, and was not enclosed until many years later.
With the above shot of Sanders in the background, heres a familiar statue we all remember, the lion with the mouse on his stomach. This is now inside the mall entrance between Olga’s Kitchen and Honeybaked Ham.
Heres the classic hippo sculpture – which I remember being outside before it was moved into the enclosed mall.
And heres the kicker – a sculpture of a juggler which I do not recall, and which is not currently in the existing mall. Anybody remember this beauty ?