We’ve been having a more miserable-than-usual winter here (as I may have mentioned once or twice or twenty times). The furnace on our place has been working so hard that it is conking out. So I thought what we need in Toronto is a giant stove like they have in Detroit. In fact, we need the world’s largest stove:
In researching this awesome big thing, I discovered that just a few years after it was rebuilt, the stove burned down in 2011. Sadly, it has not been rebuilt. For more on the history of the giant stove, check out the back side. The caption is likely the longest caption in the Collection.
“The Michigan Stove and State Fair
When the Michigan Stove Company and the Detroit Stove Company merged to become the Detroit-Michigan Stove Company in 1927, they moved Detroit’s giant stove to 6900 East Jefferson Avenue, just west of the Belle Isle Bridge. There it stood until 1965, when it made its first appearance on the Michigan State Fairgrounds. The decaying stove was dismantled and placed in storage in 1974. In 1998, MIchigan State Fair management rallied corporations, labour unions, and individuals to put this unique Detroit landmark back together. The carefully restored symbol of nineteenth-century Detroit industry was unveiled on the eve of the grand opening of the 150th Michigan State Fiar, August 24, 1998. Painted to look like metal, the wood structure weights 15 tons, measures 35 feet high, 30 feet long and 20 feet wide.”
“Man I’m glad I’m not really stopping here… gotta go catch my plan… man stamps are hard to buy at an airport.”