Monday, October 11, 2010

Fibber's Tavern . . .

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Without further ado, am going to get into some of the photos from the trip. For some reason this place really amused me, and had me chuckling while rambling down the road for days afterwards. Fibber's Tavern, ok, but Fibber's Motel ??? You really have to wonder what kind of place this was. Before it went out of business. I don't actually recall seeing many combination tavern, restaurant, motel type establishments in all my travels over the years. Eat, drink, and be merry, ay ? And it still has me laughing here now . . . Guess I'm just easily amused. But what I really loved about this place are the two chairs by the motel room door. They just bowled me over. A lovely couple, telling little white lies to each other there for all eternity.
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And as a funny PS to this, I just did a Google search on Fibber's Tavern, and it comes up with a site named smokinghotwaitress.com ; will wonders never cease !
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29 comments:

Stickup Artist said...

I remember many such structures made even sadder in an autumn drizzle. But stirs such emotions. I especially love the shot of the porch with those funky retro kitchen chairs. And the Fibbers Tavern sign is just too cool. No need to distress it as nature has done it for you!

Owen said...

Stickup !
You get the very early bird award today ! Those are some of the funkiest chairs I've ever seen... I swear I wanted to take them home with me... but the picture at least will keep me company for a long time to come. The off-pastel robins-egg blue too of the siding really grabbed me as well... given the exterior of this place, I would have loved to see what the rooms interior decoration was like... priceless no doubt... And it was more than a drizzle that day, it was pouring down rain all day ; but that didn't prevent me from shooting...

James said...

I knew you would find some great stuff! I'm floored by the chair on the left. I wish I could enlarge the photos more. lol I might be seeing things but it looks like two strange and scary faces are looking out of the bottom left window in the middle photo.

Great stuff!

Artscapes said...

All of the above. I noticed that their chimney is replaced by a metal vent. I'm guessing there was a switch to a gas fireplace. No more chopping wood. Is there a lake or river nearby. I'm imagining fishers or hunters staying at the motel. ;D

Have a great week Owen.
Cheers, Elizabeth (from the B.C. coast Canada)

Steve said...

Was this the final resting place of the great pretender?

Steve said...

Was this the final resting place of the great pretender?

Rima said...

Brilliant! I love it! :)

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

My favorite is that last photo with the aqua siding and an empty plastic milk jug -- Keep them coming, Owen!

lgsquirrel said...

Did you forget to post the photo of the smoking hot waitress?

TechnoBabe said...

You notice the Tavern figures prominently on the sign. After they had a bit to drink they would eat at the restaurant, become enamored of the smokin hot waitress and check out the motel. Ha.

Nevine said...

I do so love the wet rain on the street in front of the tavern in photo # 2. And the windows... they hold stories, though none of them are broken, it seems. Yes, I can just hear some stories exchanged within these crumbling walls... and some history echoed in the halls.

Loved the photos, as always, Owen. You know I have a fetish for the whole "abandoned house" thing... especially from your lens! :-)

Nevine

Mahon said...

vos photos sont d'une qualité exellentes ! j'aime beaucoup les lieux que vous nous présentés presque a chaques article, cela est toujours une surprise ! ma préférée est le n°1, elle est parfaite... A bientot !!

jeannette said...

Even without the funny name, I like the rustic look of these! Hey, thanks for the "follow":)

Roxana said...

i've just seen Psycho again, stumbled eupon it on a channel and stayed to watch, i am sorry but it is really the ffirst connection which comes to my mind :-)

The Poet Laura-eate said...

So were you misled at the 'Fibber's Tavern'?

Or just waylaid...?

Amy said...

It looks like it could be found in the deep south. I don't picture many smoking hot waitresses working there now... but maybe back in the day.

I love the sign... And I'm glad you came across it. :)

Alberto Oliver said...

What a place. I have no words to describe it, maybe i don´t even should try to do it. It seems quite contradictory, charming and spooky, seems that had better times but still with some attitude like those veteran actors and actress asking for another chance to show what they are able to. And those cozy chairs,,hehe, it came to my mind an image from the countryside, with a lovely old lady knitting a never ending scarf for the "little" grandson that now has become a grown up and by her side, old grandpa smoking his pipe while growling, about what he reads on the newspaper.
Keep well, and btw, thanks for the good wishes. =)

Nathalie said...

I'd never heard of 'robin-egg blue' before but I know the color and I love it.

Fibber's tavern - what a name! I wonder for how long the place has been closed. Perhaps the left over milk plastic bottle would have been an indication?

The Pliers said...

I never fail to wonder exactly what these old abandoned places must have looked like the day they were opened brand-spanking-new. It always seems like such a waste of human time, energy, money, and shelter when they sit there barren and empty like that...

Catherine said...

wonder what it was like in its heyday - liars conventions?? it looks so forlorn today but the quirky name still raises an amused smile Greetings from Mexico...

...louciao... said...

Another Pennsylvania pleasure palace. I do like how the lady chair (demure white on the right) is turned slightly but attentively towards the man chair (note it's kingly arms and superior height) on the left. You can leave people out of the pictures, Owen, but you can't remove the romance from the view finder.

I once worked in such a place in its glory days in a town in northern Ontario called Thunder Bay. It was a tavern (with a live band)/ restaurant/ hotel so a bit of a higher class than motel category. I remember when I got off the bus a fellow passenger said to me, "You're not going to stay THERE are you?!" How I wish I'd have had a digital camera at the time.

Karen said...

Dellightful photos. Reminds me of the Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey.

I too adore the color of the motel and the oddly mismatched chairs. I keep expecting a mangy dog to enter from the right.

The Sagittarian said...

Great photos, Fibbers Tavern reminds me of a bar in Nelson (north of here) called The Honest Lawyer!

Le Journal de Chrys said...

J'aime particulièrement la dernière photographie.

Du coup, on se demande si les murs sont habités....

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Owen said...

Dearest readers,
You continue to just totally floor me with your incredible comments, full of insights and wonder and warmth and humour... waylaid indeed ! Mangy dogs to wander in from off set, hot waitresses waiting in the bar, and even a little horror with Psycho coming to mind... I'm sure in the shower of one of these rooms there must be all kinds of things that could happen, though I'd worry more about the cockroaches than about visitors with knives raised in suspenseful apprehension...

I just love the way your imaginations work, when handed just a few visual starting points... even to the point of personifying the chairs into a male and a female... too much fun...

I'm back already into the vicious cycle of work, sleep, commute, or in french as they say, boulot, metro, dodo... The orders for straightjackets are pouring in from all of the world again, and no doubt will continue to do so until at least the highest part of the season, just before Christmas, when people really start to lose their marbles, stressed out by the so-called holidays...

So I will be here when I can, even if I can't always answer individually, as much as I'd love to... but I'm sure you'd like the pictures to keep coming also, and that takes time as well... ah, and when does a guy sleep ??? Today it was fourteen hours at the straightjacket factory... sigh...
:-)

Peter said...

So happy to find you again, after your (and my) temporary absence! I imagine that we will not see a lot about France the coming weeks, with the thousands of US photos you have in reserve. I can already see that you are excelling in your favourite type of pictures - with accompaning words - which we all like so much! Today, I'm making a quick "first" tour - I will be back!

Virginia said...

Oh j'adore them all but the bottom one catches my eye. I wish I'd been right there at your elbow Ownen Classic.
V

Karine A. said...

Un motel beau à admirer, mais pas à habiter...