all who wander are not lost

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 ?

2 Responses to Malls and Missile Launchers

  • I really enjoyed the old Eastland pictures. We’ve been wondering about the juggler statue for a few years now ever since seeing another picture of it in 2004. I contacted the Eastland Marketing Dept back then but they couldn’t tell me anything about. I do remember being intriqued by it as a kid in the 1950’s. The building in the background is B Siegal, Hudsons was farther to the left.

  • Nice find! Nikes were two-stage rockets. The early versions (Nike Ajax) used liquid rocket fuel in the first stage and solid fuel in the second stage; later versions (Nike Hercules) used solid fuel in both stages.

    This display is only the upper stage of an Ajax. The liquid fuel used in the bottom stage (not shown, for whatever reason) used a liquid fuel which contained fuming red nitric acid, among other ingredients, hence the protective suits.