Sunday, April 1, 2012

Cart blanche: Johnston, Rhode Island's 12-foot hand cart

Those are real automobile tires, you know.

I couldn't get a picture of a person in front of the cart, so I've photoshopped two 5-foot-six Ringo Starrs in correct proportion to the 12-foot cart.

There's nothing we love along the open road more than an over-sized object to get your attention, and there's a great, big one in the humble New England berg of Johnston, Rhode Island. The Yankee Supply Company, who make used industrial warehousing equipment their specialty, has a 12-foot tall, gleaming red hand cart in front of their headquarters on busy Route 6, near exit 6 off I-295. It's so big, in fact, the wheels are actual Continental brand automobile tires. The Yankee workers refer to it as the "Paul Bunyan hand truck" and it occasionally leaves its perch to travel (by large truck one assumes) to trade shows (thanks

We live for moments like this, when ordinary objects become roadside giants, so hats off to you, Yankee Supply. Baby you can drive our cart, beep beep, mm, beep beep, yeah!


roadsidewonders said...

Photoshopping Ringo Starr for the sake of scale? You, Sir, just won the Internet.

Gunnar and Sherry said...

Thanks Wendy! I get by with a little help from my friends (like you)!

Bill said...

I hear that they stopped taking the big hand cart to trade shows...... Ringo was fine, but when Yoko would show up, well, that was the last straw!!!!

Gunnar and Sherry said...

Yoko Ono at a hand cart that's avant garde!

Bill said...

I hear she is changing her name to -
Yoko Oh-NO!