Built in 1955, this home exhibits the typical mid-century horizontal lines, accentuated by the custom-made light fixture and garden benches.
Architectural details include picture-rail moldings, a contemporary updated galley kitchen and a Dilbeck-style porthole window.
But your attention will be stolen by the owners' wide range of quirky collectibles. A mint condition Bob's Big Boy greets you at the front door. An autographed Elvis Presley album joins an autographed Mamie Van Doren movie poster on the walls, while the dining room features a full-color 1939 circus banner. But pride of place is given to the owner's own fully-restored 1961 Apache bicycle, a souvenir of his appearance at age 10 on the Bert Parks show. You'll also see framed 1968 baseball cards, Larry Hagman's autographed "$100 dollar bill", and family quilts from two 1930's State Fairs. Two fascinating exhibits are photographic prints from O. Winston Link taken in 1956. Link was known for documenting the last days of steam locomotives, and pioneering night photography. The example you'll see "Hotshot Eastbound" was featured in his book, Steam, Steel & Stars.
Heading out the comfortable patio and across the shady backyard, you'll find another special feature of this home. An authentic 1950s-style fallout shelter. Safety was assured by the lead-lined walls, self contained water tank and hand-cranked ventilation system. Comfort would come from the fold-away cots and chairs and the needed chemical toilet. You can see it as a monument to the paranoia of the time, but also the confidence that after a few days in the shelter the family would emerge and carry on their lives, free of the Red Menace. Definitely something you won't see everyday!
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