Thrift Item of the Moment

August 29, 2008

Little buildings and monuments

Made of metal, sometimes with marble or granite bases (in the olden times – nowadays everything’s made of plastic).

Today I found these two at a thrift store:

Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Sacré Coeur de Montmartre, Paris

These two are quite flat and use forced perspective to give the illusion of dimensionality, as seen in this top view of the Arc de Triomphe.

You might call it “Triomphe-l’oeil” (ha ha).

Empire State Building, New York

Tour Eiffel, Paris

Statue of Liberty, New York

Notre Dame de Paris

Another Arc de Triomphe

This Empire State Building is a coin bank

Still another Arc de Triomphe

Capitol Building, Washington DC

And another Tour Eiffel

This one has a thermometer (Celsius only)

Yet another Empire State Building

Manneken Pis, Brussels

I almost forgot I had these because they’ve been stored in a box in a closet for many years.


3 Responses to “Thrift Item of the Moment”

  1. Phelpster Says:

    Holy crap, I have that EXACT Godzilla, right next to me on top of one of my DVD shelves.

  2. That is a really cool collection. I would have passed by those at the thrift store. Next time I will take notice!

  3. Dave Says:

    Cool collection. If you like souvenir buildings, check out my blog too:
    Thanks, Dave

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