Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Here's my "funky" light for John Scalzi's Monday Photo Shoot.
My grandfather used to own and operate a blue-collar factory bar way, way back in the days before, during, and after the Great Depression, and after he'd passed away, he left us with a mountain of old beer signs and lights and other bar stuff. I'm not exactly sure how old this Schlitz beer light is, but it's always been one of my favorite things. I just like the look of it and the fact that there's a huge star showing everyone exactly where Milwaukee is.
It's not the oldest thing in the collection, however. There are some really ancient Pabst Blue Ribbon, Miller, Blatz and god knows what other crappy beer up in lights. Some of them work fine, and others are an absolute fire-hazard.
For example, I plugged the Pabst choo-choo train light in a while back and the little locomotive wiggled a bit before I started to hear buzzing and saw hypnotizing blue arcs of light coming from the plug. Fun stuff.
Oh well... If nothing else, it's a pretty light and a little slice of Milwaukee's beer-making history. Plus, it was a lot easier taking a picture of this light than it was trying to snap a picture of the wickedly bright, red, jewel light on my Fender Twin Amplifier.