Monday, February 06, 2006

Armory Relief

Whenever we have drill MJ puts photos on the blog. I didn't want to be shown up and I thought of a great photo op.

Our amory was built in 1939 and has wonderful architechtural elements. All along the windows are these reliefs. They all depect one or two scenes. Note that both seem to have someone who appears to be using signal equipment.

Also note the cross that the two truckers are sitting on. I think this is in reference to the Golden Cross of the 33rd Infantry Division that was created of the Illinois National Guard and fought in WWI before this building was built (or the Great War as it would have been know then).

You can see a wider shot of our armory in the film Ali (the scene where he was inducted was shot here).

BTW: MJ and I are lobbying to have our new motto be "You'll get nothing and like it!"


Blogger maggie katzen said...

that's very interesting. the only armories i've seen have been very utilitarian.

3:58 PM  
Blogger Major John said...


Don't let a few pretty decorations fool you :)

The place is Spartan in the extreme otherwise...

4:10 PM  
Blogger Inner Prop said...

Not Spartan, run down.

Back in the day she was a beauty. Now, after 67 years of neglect she has outdated: electricity, phones, heat, plumbing, windows, doors, ceilings, floors, walls, insulation, gyms, restrooms (almost no female restrooms originally) and kitchens.

She has no: cooling, PA or data connectivity other than what they put in last year.

8:14 PM  

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