American Treasure Getaway

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –– You don’t have to go far from home to travel through generations of American life. KYW’s Jay Lloyd describes a day trip getaway to Oaks near King of Prussia.

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The collector who gathered an artifact blizzard of Americana remains anonymous, but it takes a cavernous factory in Oaks, Montgomery County to display the vintage cars, airplane models, self playing musical instrument – everything that made up America’s leisure time life. So, how would curator, Ross Bakman view the American Treasure Tour?

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“I would describe the collection as overwhelmingly fun,” said Bakman.
We join Ross for a tram ride through an amazing toy box, a unique gathering of early autos and Hollywood memorabilia. Then walk a music room to the sound of calliopes and nickelodeons – and he points out one very rare sight.

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“Our Popsicle stick castle. It is 396,000 Popsicles glued together,” said Bakman.

But the question for Bakman about the anonymous benefactor, was there a focus?

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“Things that just make him smile.” said Bakman.

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I sure did.

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