Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tillie Won?

Tillie Won

While cruising through the Scribe Archives for a suitable snap to adorn today's post, I came upon Tillie, the icon of Asbury Park, NJ.

I, of course, don't have all the historical knowledge inherent in the preservation battles that have been raging for decades in this seaside home of the Springsteen sound (Bruce, of course, is from nearby Freehold, but everyone associates The Boss with AP).

Ever alert to the artistic possibilities in life, though, I snagged this snap on a New Jersey road trip three years ago and have filled in the blanks recently with a little Internet research. To wit:

One of my old bosses gave up politics some years back to head an all-volunteer organization entitled Save Tillie, Inc. Two original paintings of Tillie, the clown-faced carnival barker featured above (which is a relatively recent knockoff) were part of Palace Amusements, the Asbury Park locale of fun and fantasy erected in 1888 and demolished by urban renewal "do-gooders" in 2004. The original Tillies were painted in 1955.

When the venue Springsteen so lovingly chronicled in his "Born to Run" met its maker seven years ago, Save Tillie, Inc., a group of Bruce fans and "Friends of Asbury Park" successfully fought to save one of the 16-ton cinderblock Tillies, along with two other murals.

Now the murals are in storage and two new Tillies adorn the roof of Lance & Debbie's Wonder Bar, a nightclub near the AP boardwalk. They were recreated for a commercial honoring the 50th anniversary of the Corvette. What goes around comes around, I guess. Or, as The Boss would say:

"Beyond the Palace hemi-powered drones scream down the boulevard
The girls comb their hair in rear-view mirrors
And the boys try to look so hard
The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist
I want to die with you Wendy on the streets tonight
~Bruce Springsteen, "Born to Run"


Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Tillie looks a little worse for the wear in this photo!


Whenas in red my Julia’s clad,
Then, then (methinks) she’s wicked bad—
Like Hester Prynne, but not so sad.

Next, when I cast mine eyes and see
Those crimson skirts flow full and free,
Her sweet seductions taketh me!

(With apologies to Robert Herrick, 1591-1674)

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

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ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Fun Foto ~perfect for RT ~ namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor)

Leah H. said...

That is one funny looking!

Visiting late for Ruby Tuesday! Hope you can visit me too:)



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