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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.

  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?

  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

  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

    • Peter Stamps

      The name of the restaurant was Saba’s Charcoal House, located right next to Orchard Drug. It was in a small plaza with these two businesses (if I remember correctly). They tore it down sometime in the 90s I think.

  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.

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