Quote and Credit

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Fresca Dog House and 7-Up Castle in Arcola


Just one of what was a whole slew of handmade bottle houses built by Arthur Martin in Arcola, Illinois. He started in 1939, and eventually the glass environment grew to 20 acres. This is the largest, it was made from 1200 7-Up bottles. There was also a "Fresca House" and a "Fresca Dog House" in the yard, which came to be known as "Rockome" and was opened to the public in 1958. As this was well before the days of diet soda, and the average 16-ouncer contains 12 teaspoons of sugar, I am going to guess Mr. Martin had bad teeth and a big waistline. (The Perky Perm woman is unidentified)

Dexter Press Post Card c. 1960 Collection Jim Linderman

5 comments:

  1. I wonder if living in Ar"cola" was any inspiration?

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  2. Okay, that's creepy in a really weird way.

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  3. We used to build houses out of cut grass when i was wee..Mine only lasted a day though. Guess i should have used bottles ;)

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  4. That is cute. I mowed the lawn today, you could have had the clippings!

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