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  1. Stacey Booth

    I have searched and searched for images of the Calder stabile that used to hang in the Hudson’s court of the Franklin Park Mall. I have such fond memories of it. DO you know of a resource that might help? Thank you!

  2. Frank Lehman

    I just discovered the “Toledo History Box” web site. All sorts of interesting things.

    One of them is an article about not longer existing restaurants from Toledo. One is the Ted’s Hamburgers at Monroe and Erie. What you did not point out is that right across the street (ie. across Erie St) is an establishment I remember going past so many times when going downtown on The Trail and then coming in on Erie St–the “Scenic Bar.” You can clearly see the sign in the picture.

    Do you remember that the Scenic Bar was the “Gay Bar” in Toledo? At least among my acquaintances when going to high school in the 1950″s, it was the only gay establishment in Toledo.

    • Bob Schmersahl

      Do you have any information on a restaurant named The Saint Louis? It was run by my uncle’s (he is 93 and lives in the St Louis area) family. Would love to see if the building still stands.

    • Frank,
      I knew the Scenic Bar well. I think it was one of the longest running gay bars in the US. At the time I went there, 70-80s, it was owned by Harmon Kerns. Don Hanna was the delightful bartender who participated in a UT fraternity hazing stunt where the boys had to go to the Scenic and ask for… Cinderella? There my memory fades. But it was fun.

    • Gregory H Brown

      I don’t know that it was the “only” gay bar in Toledo in the Fifties, but it was the longest lasting. It closed in the Eighties. One of the things I found amazing when I lived in
      Toledo from 1970 to 2006 was the number of bars bars serving gay men and lesbians–sometimes together , often not. For a small city, there were quite a few, mostly downtown but also scattered around town.

  3. Paula Wethington

    I came across this site when doing a search for the date of the founding of Franklin Park Mall. Your crossreference of memories with historical records in cities we have lived in is how I have saved and passed on quite a few stories for my family; but I really didn’t have much information about the stories we’d be interested in from Toledo. I’ve enjoyed looking through the archives and am sharing your link with my family!

  4. Rosa Loughnane

    Hi!
    I’m going crazy trying to find an old photo of Captain Billy’s Wizzbang, with the hammer head shark outside; I found a recent one, sans shark. It’s a very special memory for someone and I’m trying to surprise him.
    Any leads would help!
    THANKS!
    Rosa

  5. David L Harmon

    I have just discovered an article on the Toledo History Box website entitled ‘Toledo’s New Union Station Opens’ dated July 21, 2017. May I have the name of the author of this article?

    • Gregory H Brown

      Thanks for jogging my memory. I can’t recall ever knowing the name but ate there a few times. If we are talking about the same place it was small, in a residential neighborhood, and was obviously family run–at least three generations, cooking and serving. Good food.

  6. STEPHEN SMITH

    Hello My father was born in Toledo. He has just passed away at 99 years old. He was a WWII pilot and loved aviation his whole life. In his records we found a membership card to The Toledo News Bee Squadron Junior Aviator Membership Card. It is signed by Al Williams. Any idea what year this would be.

    Thanks

    Steve Smith
    Commerce, Mi

    • gregory brown

      I remember seeing several Blade articles. It sounded pretty seedy. One member was interviewed and asked if he was concerned about STI and–especially–HIV/AIDS. He said that wasn’t a problem because he showered a lot. Toledo always had some sex thing on the boil. One year’s city council election was dominated by references to the abundance of prostitutes working downtown near the Greyhound station. I decided that I would vote ONLY for a candidate who did not pick up on and beat to death the buzzwords Jefferson Avenue Circus.

  7. Virginia Minton

    I am working on a 50th wedding Anniversary gift. their first date was to a restaurant on Talmage around where the ihop is now located. I remember after 2000 they tore the building down. Any idea? thanks gin

  8. Jim Antoine

    Raised near Woodward H.S (Brigham & Ketcham) in the 60s, 70s and 80s down the street from Angelo’s on Stickney. Between Angelo’s Restaurant, Shakey’s (player piano) Pizza, Gino’s (Colony), Elbow Room and Dominic’s Italian… As far as I’m concerned, I grew up eating the finest pizzas in the world. Incidentally, would any of you have the recipes for Angelo’s (rectangular) pizza and Dominic’s light and crunchy pizza? The crust recipes at least.

  9. In about 1957, there were several shoe stores in Toledo which featured the amazing X-ray machine that actually showed your foot bones in your feet, right through your shoes. This was a terrible thing to do to our feet considering the fact that even in a dental x-ray exam, we must use a lead covering and the dental person LEAVES the room !
    When I was a kid I stood on this contraption at least a dozen times and saw my feet’s bones. In the second half of the 20th century, growing awareness of radiation hazards and increasingly stringent regulations forced their gradual phasing out.
    A shoe-fitting fluoroscope was a metal construction covered in finished wood, approximately 4 feet (1.2 m) high in the shape of short column, with a ledge with an opening where the child (or the adult customer) would then place his or her feet in the opening provided and while remaining in a standing position, look through a viewing porthole at the top of the fluoroscope down at the x-ray view of the feet and shoes. Two other viewing portholes on either side enabled the parent and a sales assistant to observe the child’s toes being wiggled to show how much room for the toes there was inside the shoe. The bones of the feet were clearly visible, as was the outline of the shoe, including the stitching around the edges.
    Now, I have numbness and tingling in my toes. I’ve suffered with this sensation for many years. It seems to get worse as time passes. Please help me to find out if others have this problem and to join in on any lawsuits that are available.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoe-fitting_fluoroscope
    Thank You,
    Col. OH

  10. Jeff Mallamad

    The Aku Aku room was an old style night club with floor shows and great food. It was also the unofficial head-quarters and rest stop for those regularly engaged in criminal activity, much of it centered in Detroit.

    • gregory brown

      Now THERE is a pot of memories. When I first arrived in Toledo in 1971 I was a bit lazy about finding a job and worked for several months for the housekeeper at the Town Club Motel, which housed the Aka Aku Room.. It was not one of the high points of my working life but I observed and learned a number of things that had not been part of my upbringing. The owner was Mister Shapiro (known as Slick) who lived in Florida. The place was obviously not doing a thriving business as a motel for travelers but it was popular with hookers. I was party to a housekeeping staff stakeout on a room once when we had t wait until the sex worker occupant was gone briefly so we could get in to clean the room, which had been in use for three days or so. Naturally, she came back sooner than expected with a client. There was a bit of a row. I did my tasks quickly and retreated, leaving the housekeeper and two old Polish ladies who worked as maids to deal with the situation. Definitely a shady operation. I have occasionally (and recklessly) told folks that I had a brief career in the employ of the Detroit Mob.

  11. Jiki

    Does anyone remember two restaurants with a central adjoining kitchen? I always found it an odd combination. The building was L-shaped. The Chinese restaurant faced the east-west street; the kitchen sat right on the corner of the intersection; a Mexican restaurant faced the north-south street. This was in the early 1970s when I was I college. It was like no other Chinese restaurant I have ever been to. You ordered your entree, but first came the soup course, then the egg roll course, then a tossed salad, a basket of rolls, the entree w rice, and finally orange sherbet. The kitchen was shared with the Mexican restaurant around the corner. Food was very good and quite reasonable in price. All I remember it was somewhere north of Central and east of Secor.

  12. Do you have any historical background on the Collingwood Cemetery, once known as the “Old Tremainsville Burying Grounds”? I am a member of the Lucas County Cemeteries Historical Association, and have been trying to track down burial records for this cemetery before 1940. Apparently, when Washington Township was annexed to the City of Toledo in 1917, the land on which Collingwood Cemetery stands, was also part of that annexation. Collingwood Cemetery continued operation of the cemetery under the control of Washington Township, but did not sell the cemetery to the City of Toledo until ~1940. At this time, according to Washington Township Trustees, all Collingwood Cemetery records were turned over to the City. My problem is that the City of Toledo seems to have no records prior to 1940. Does anyone know a contact person associated with the Collingwood Methodist Church (now disbanded) from that time period?

  13. russell heath

    millers on reynolds road and marios pizza on arlington and eltropical mexican on western no not eltipico on south that was also good. marios on arlington small white brick building half block from ginos and milos bowling ally on corner of south and spencer my favorine heines fish and chips on spencer

  14. gregory brown

    I saw the separate posting on restaurants but am too tired to go back and comment there. So here’s one memory: The Athans Village Greek restaurant was adjacent to the Scenic, the Fantasy Bookstore, and Regers religious supplies. It was a tiny place. Instead of a menu, diners were taken into the kitchen where a small, ancient man oversaw a large number of bubbling, sizzling pots and pans and vats. Someone identified what was in each, and took orders right there. The food was very good, but I was never sure that it was anything near what I said I wanted. And the final cost was always a bit vague. No complaint about that, though.

  15. Joel Zuker

    I was raised in Toledo 1942 to 1960
    I remember in particular Red Wells, White hut, Kin Wah lo (?) the Moron Burger,
    Naftalins, Brauers Deli. Russian Bathhouse Steaks, the Commodore Perry Restaurant
    the Ice Cream Place with the white polar bears outside and vernors ginger ale

  16. Linda M. Graham

    GREAT NEWS! WE IDENTIFIED THE RESTAURANT–LITTLE CAESAR’S!
    My boyfriend contacted a friend and he immediately remembered it. It was the last dine in outlet for the chain. With the way pizza chains are run these days we forgot about Little Caesar’s being a dine in restaurant. Remember Pizza Hut as a dine in restaurant? The last one I knew of was in Oregon. It’s now closed too.
    THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!!
    If you have any history behind the restaurant, etc. please share!

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