Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Elliott Museum

We've been working awfully hard on boat projects lately, so we thought it was time for a day out. Yesterday we visited the Elliott Museum which is just a few miles north of the Stuart in Jensen Beach.

The first thing you see when you walk in is a Foucault Pendulum. Funny thing is, there is a Foucault Pendulum at one of our favorite museums about 3000 miles west of here; the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. These pendulums are made to demonstrate the Earth's rotation, but just watching it is mesmerizing and relaxing. It took a while, but I finally got a photo that wasn't blurry.

The Elliott Museum is well know for its bicycles and cars.
This is a 1903 Stanley Steamer. It doesn't look much different than a horse buggy from that era.
This is the front of a 1903 Cadillac.

Here is a 1926 Bugatti race car.

They also have a replica of the Pelican hanging from the ceiling, which was designed and built by a local adventurer Hugh Willoughby.

The museum also has a nice collection of ship models. This one is the Coast Guard Ship Eagle.

The museum has some interesting Seminole items too. These are stomp dance rattles. Originally the natives made them with turtle shells, but they changed to condensed milk cans. The women would wear several around each ankle as they performed in the stomp dances.

I got a kick out of this old poster for Lydia Pinkham's vegetable compound. It says to take one tablespoon every four hours throughout the day. At 15% alcohol, I'm sure it was very, um, popular!

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