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.
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?READ MORE: Philadelphia Students Finding Comfort In Rec Centers Again Amid Gun Violence Epidemic
“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.
“Our Popsicle stick castle. It is 396,000 Popsicles glued together,” said Bakman.READ MORE: 'I Thought I Was Done': Residents Of Trevose Mobile Home Park Pick Up The Pieces After EF-3 Tornado
But the question for Bakman about the anonymous benefactor, was there a focus?
“Things that just make him smile.” said Bakman.MORE NEWS: Pirates' Crowe, 2 Relievers 1-Hit Phillies, End 4-Game Skid
I sure did.