Thursday, November 5, 2015

Throwback Thursday - The Dinosaurs of Broome County

Here is a post from 2010, updated in 2011.  I was reminded of this when I peeked through the window of a pawn shop in downtown Binghamton, New York, and saw a carousel horse for sale.

It wasn't one of these, but carousels are a big part of the heritage of this area - and so are dinosaurs.

Have you ever read The Wizard of Id or BC comics?  The cartoonist, Johnny Hart, grew up in Endicott, New York (near where I live) in Broome County, and lived for many years in a nearby small town.  His grandson now draws the comics.

Some of Johnny Hart's characters, including the dinosaur "BC",  decorate signs belonging to various Broome County parks, mass transit, and other landmarks.

Here, now, is a little taste of our area of upstate New York.

Do you enjoy The Wizard of Id or BC?

The Tooth and Audioclassic Dinosaurs

The post below from 2010 is still my all time popular blog post.  Although the hART of BC project (started by the late cartoonist Johnny Hart's grandson, who is carrying on the BC comic strip that inspired this art event) came to a halt when unknown vandals started damaging the dinosaurs, these dinosaurs still have a place in my....er, heart. 

I'd like to showcase this piece of happier days in Binghamton, as we face some of the biggest challenges our area has known.

Earlier this year, I tried to find out whatever happened to the dinosaurs, and wasn't successful.  But I am happy to report that I have found two of the dinosaurs.  And, hopefully, the outdoor one will NOT be vandalized - the fate of so many of the dinosaurs in the original post below.

The first dinosaur is in front of a business on Old Vestal Road in Vestal called Audio Classics - and may I add that you don't have to live locally to patronize this business.  They are top notch - please visit their website and support one of our awesome local businesses!

The other dinosaur is inside a dental practice in Johnson City and I tried my best to take a picture.  It has Halloween cobwebs on it, but you can see the dinosaur, decorated with smiles and toothbrushes.


And now, the post from 2010. 

Binghamton Does Dinosaurs!

Here are some other hART of BC dino sightings in and around downtown Binghamton, yesterday evening.

This first one-yes, it's a medical dino - comes to us courtesy of the Ladies Auxiliary of the local hospital.

This next one is one of my favorites.  Very simple but elegant.  The "coin" dinosaur.  (the bumps are pennies) in just the right location..
The "apartment building" 'saur.  And the "money" dinosaur.  The first is in front of the Broome County Courthouse (called GRRRR Hart) and the second (Hart on the Range) in front of Metrocenter (a failed downtown shopping mall, now converted to offices.)  For the latter, this dinosaur may represent the parking at Metrocenter - which if I remember correctly, is $20 to discourage the unfortunate office workers of downtown from daring to even TRY to use THEIR parking lot. 
So, what's next? (and the last for tonight).  A musical dinosaur.  Brought to us by Rogers and HART? (couldn't resist.)  This baby is called the Philhartmonic.

9 comments:

  1. I remember those comics. I don't often see newspapers anymore, but when I did, I always perused those.

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    1. I had a chance to interact with Johnny Hart's wife on the phone a couple of times. It was an honor.

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  2. I don't know those comics but I do know that those dinosaurs look great! I'm going to have to show them to my kids.

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  3. Wow, those dinosaurs are so creative! How sad they were vandalized - really makes you wonder about people who have nothing better to do than be destructive.

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    1. The vandalism was so sad - and having to remove them from the public areas they were intended to brighten up was even sadder.

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  4. I remember the comics - what fun to have a series of dinosaurs to celebrate them! Thanks for sharing these fun pics.

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    1. My pleasure - I have a couple of other posts on my blog with other pictures, if I remember correctly.

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  5. Wow! loved the pictures. I remember the comics from childhood days.

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