This One Goes to 12

Exhibits don’t just happen. There is obviously a lot of work that goes into their creation. Even small exhibits require large amounts of research and planning before the drafting and design processes can begin. Research will turn up lost of things, some interesting, some useless, and some quirky. It’s the quirky ones that are the most fun.

The National Museum of the American Sailor, as it looks today.

The National Museum of the American Sailor, as it looks today.

The exhibit in question is one the National Museum of the American Sailor is currently designing about the unique history of its building.

In researching and creating this exhibit, we’ve come across some interesting information. We already knew that this building, formerly called the Hostess House, was never intended to be a museum at all.   It was originally a recreation hall and event space that was later converted to offices. But did you know that in its early days in the 1940s and 50s it also used to be the residence of the woman who ran the Hostess House?

But the strangest thing we discovered is a little detail in this photo of the building taken during the 1950s. Take a look at the sign right in the middle of the picture, next to the silhouette of the man on the stairs.  Click on the image to view it larger.

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A close up of the sign.

A close up of the sign.

The speed limit on the road in front of the building (which isn’t even a road anymore, but our lawn) was 12 mph.   That’s right. 12 miles per hour.  11 was totally reasonable.  But 13 mph?   That’s too fast!

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