When I shared part of my penny collection last time I totally miscounted so I actually have 6 more to share with you today. I am normally a good counter (especially with numbers under 10) so I have no idea how that little mistake happened. Oh well, more to share this time!
I got this penny at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Ivan and I went there with Kaylah and Kevin while we were visiting around Kevin's birthday. They had a really cool dinosaur room so I wanted to get a dinosaur penny. Plus, I really like dinosaurs.
This penny starts the souvenir penny tour of our Chicago trip. The first place we saw a penny machine was at the Navy Pier. This was the machine that told us about the Penny Passport and made it sound all exclusive and like you could only get it at the nearby gift shop. Totally not true but I'm not mad at them. We even have some video footage of Kaylah and I making our pennies at this first machine.
These pennies kind of have a funny story. There were a bunch of penny machines at Shedd Aquarium and I inspected each one before I decided which design I wanted. I choose the sea horse one because I thought the sea horses at the aquarium were so neat. There was some confusion while I was making my penny and I forgot to select the right design (I blame too many people talking to me at once...or me not being able to multitask when pennies are involved) and I was so disappointed when I accidentally got the plain Shedd Aquarium one. Like, unreasonably disappointed. I only like to have one penny from each location but I decided to go ahead and get the one I really wanted. Ivan put it in the right spot for me but I didn't know he did/I was flustered and I started turning the wheel. I had a mini freakout and I told everyone they had to stop talking to me for a few minutes. I was overstimulated, ha! Anyways, I got the penny I wanted and we all got a good laugh about me freaking out over a penny.
This penny came from the Field Museum. As I mentioned before, we had very limited time in there and almost didn't have time to get a penny. I insisted that we could squeeze it in and we rushed to the machine. As we were getting our pennies there were already people who work at the museum trying to kick us out. It wasn't even officially closing time yet; we still had minutes to spare. Precious penny squashing minutes.
This guy came from a rest stop on our way home from Chicago. All of the other pennies in the machine were for places that I hadn't visited and I am very particular about only getting pennies from places I have actually been. This spares me the future confusion of looking at my penny and saying, "I don't remember going 'insert place here'". I was pretty happy with my Ohio State flower penny.
So that is the story of all of my pennies so far. I have recently realized that there are machines in Canada too but they are just a little bit less cool because they use tokens instead of pennies. I don't know why that makes such a difference to me but it does. Not saying I wouldn't get one...just that it would be cooler if they were real pennies.
I hope everyone is having a good day!
These look like such a fun memento and I can just imagine the penny squash itself must be pretty neat too :DReplyDelete
Nothing like it around here that I know of, but now I am clued in I just know I'll be looking out for those machines when we finally do go on a holiday to the U.S. at some undefined time in the future :D
My sister and I used to collect these as well! Somewhere I'm sure I still have them all. But this makes me want to start doing it again. You're right - it is so fun to crank that wheel and get a tiny (cheap) souvenir of your trip!ReplyDelete
I think that the butterfly conservatory in Niagara Falls uses real pennies for their machine! But to be honest I did not inspect them too closely.ReplyDelete
I have a pendant I made years ago, of a penny I left on the train tracks to be squashed by a train, wrapped in wire so I could hang it from a chain. It hardly ever gets worn these days, but I have such vivid memories of the day I squashed that penny, and who I was with. Somewhere in a box I have a heap of pennies from various road trips and such, but I'll be damned if I can ever find them, haha! Oh well, maybe it's time to start a new collection. One I can consciously remember deciding upon...
I love. Love. Love…. our penny collection - it actually inspires me to do somehting with all my extra pennies! :)ReplyDelete
I'm so jealous of your Chicago pennies! I visited in September and didn't get any and I totally regret it. I will have to live vicarously through your penny collection until I can visit again.ReplyDelete
I love this idea of smashed penny collecting. I think I'm going to start something like this for my girls, its perfect!ReplyDelete
let me know if you ever travel south. we can get you quite a few stamped pennies in texas. :)ReplyDelete
Awesome! I have quite the collection going, myself. [: I am happy I saw this today, though! I'm in Chicago visiting with family and was hoping to find some locations with penny squishers. :D lovely post!ReplyDelete