Before leaving on a weekend trip to Chattanooga I ran across a link up at Smiling Sally's blog. Blue Monday link up where everything is BLUE! I put it in the back of my mind to find blue things in Chattanooga and I wasn't disappointed.
Walking is a great way to banish the blues it's also a great way to find some.
Here's a few of the blues I found in Chattanooga to share for Blue Monday...
The Houston Museum of Decorative Arts
Anna Safley Houston spent her life collecting husbands and art glass. Born in Evening Shade Arkansas in 1876 she spent her life amassing a huge collection of colorful glassware, china, antique dolls, furniture and music boxes. At the time of her death she had over 15,000 water pitchers in her collection. Just a small portion is on display in the museum. It's said that even though she had a limited education she was a shrewd business woman who treasured her collection more than her personal well being.
Anna was an interesting character. She was married and divorced at least nine times that can be verified. Her favorite husband was James W Houston who even though he wasn't wealthy he did own a pick up truck. The truck came in handy for Anna as she bought estates and large pieces of furniture that needed to be transported!
The museum has a collection of 44 "Gibson Girl" plates illustrated by Charles Dana Gibson. The Royal Daulton Works in England produced a set of Gibson plates entitled," The Widow and Her Friends". On the top left is the first plate in this series. It shows a woman who's just lost her husband. As the plates progress she's having a jolly good time going out and having fun. So much fun that her friends have to give her a talking to. The last plate shows her as she settled down and has become a nun. So much for having fun!
While walking in Coolidge Park along the Tennessee River we came upon this guy.
Blueboy Pull Toy #1
A statue that was purchased by the city of Chattanooga for $32,500 from local artist, John Petrey.
And at the Tennessee Aquarium I found these beautiful blue jelly fish.
Click HERE to check out this post on the Walnut Street Bridge. It's also blue! It was my favorite place to walk in Chattanooga.