Friday, May 8, 2009

Sputnik

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There is some weird stuff hidden in corners of this city. I was driving near the Arch last weekend, hoping to refresh my photo inventory. The Mississippi was just above flood stage from all the recent rain in the Midwest, so the floodgates near the Arch were closed. I detoured down a back street and noticed this. Screech to a halt and whip out camera.

Say what? Sputnik was history's
first artificial satellite, launched by the Soviet Union in 1957. The name is just the Russian word for satellite. What did that have to do with an old warehouse on the St. Louis riverfront? I nosed around some more and found a sign on a door that said Sputnik Importing. Odd name. Even more odd when I found the company's web site, promoting "vintage clothing and modern furniture," most of which looks like thrift store kitsch. And yet even more odd: although the site lists two addresses in St. Louis and nowhere else, most of the text is in Japanese. I'd like to pay a call on them. Konichiwa!

7 comments:

cieldequimper said...

LOL!! :-)

Olivier said...

beaucoup d'humour ;o)) photo culte
a lot of humour ;o)) photograph worship

Sharon said...

This sign would have stopped me too! Interesting name for a strange company. Looking at the things on their website was an interesting little trip down memory lane.

Virginia said...

You just gotta go back Bob and take someone with you to be on the safe side. Vintage clothing and modern furniture. I'll have to take a look at that site.
V

Virginia said...

WEll that's a bummer. Half the stuff in the ANTIQUES category I once owned or used.
V

Abe Lincoln said...

This is nice. I appreciate the Sputnik only sign too.

glduro_marieloupe said...

Without doubt, who wrote the supplement must be over 50 years ...:o)

glduro & marieloupe