In My Merry Oldsmobile

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We are walking around the REO Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing, Michigan and they had this original poster there on display. “In My Merry Oldsmobile”. “Times Change….But Quality Marches On”. A poster designed for the 40th anniversary of Olds cars from 1897-1937 (82 years ago!) The left image is a late Victorian scene and the right side the Modern times of 1937. “Oldsmobile, America’s Oldest Automobile Manufacturer”.

Employee Badge at the Gun Plant Division

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While visiting the REO Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing, Michigan there was a great display about how the automotive plant was used in the war effort. Here they manufactured vast quantities of aircraft guns for the U.S.A. during World War II. This employee badge worn by a Gun Plant division employee really shows the person that was there 70 years ago.

Fire Power Wins at the Oldsmobile Plant

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During World War II, the Lansing Michigan Plant was converted to wartime mode and named the Gun Plant Division. They produced parts and huge volumes of guns for the War effort. These Posters were put out by Oldsmobile (then part of General Motors). They were in an effort to get people to buy war bonds in support. All at the REO Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing, Michigan.

1937 Olds Touring Sedan

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We find this beautiful black Oldsmobile in the REO Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing Michigan. This is a small nice automobile museum on the Grand River in the middle of Lansing. This is a 1937 Oldsmobile Touring Sedan and I really liked the chrome on the front and the hood ornament.

1926 REO Olds Car at the Museum

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We are walking around the REO Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing, Michigan. Here is a lovely green 1926 REO Oldsmobile that Mr Ransom Olds built. Note the fancy hood ornament and the view of the inviting interior.

REO Royale at the REO Olds Transportation Museum

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There appeared to be hundreds of cars inside this REO Transportation Museum in Lansing, Michigan, but a few stood out. Here is a 1931 REO Royale. This had an inline straight 8 engine with 125 hp, 358 cubic inches, the car weighing 4,400 pounds and cost $2995.  It was considered to be the finest REO of all with only 50 being built which is amazing considering it was a luxury car being built during the height of the depression.

REO Olds Transportation Museum

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Just a short walk down the Lansing River Trail on the Grand River in Lansing, Michigan is the REO Olds Transportation Museum. We have to go in and look around. Oldsmobile was a big name around here being manufactured in Lansing for awhile. REO stands for Ransom Eli Olds who designed the Oldsmobile or at least the early REO’s like the Curved Dash Olds and the REO Speedwagon. Ransom founded and ran the REO Motor Company that produced cars and trucks from 1905-1975. Here is a neon sign from the museum:

Kayakers On the Grand River in Lansing

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While walking along the waterfront and Lansing River Trail in downtown Lansing, Michigan, some kayakers came by having fun paddling by. It is beautiful flat water and there is barely a perceptible current so they could paddle both ways and come into a docking area provided by the city every few hundred yards. The Lansing River Trail is right along the Grand River. Here you can see the city is large and the buildings tall.

Grand River Waterfront in Downtown Lansing

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A short few blocks walk from the Michigan State Capitol Building in downtown Lansing, was the beautiful Lansing River Trail on the Grand River that runs right through the city. Here we are walking on the waterfront checking out the buildings and water. In the distance is a pedestrian bridge (that looks like a train), that lets you easily cross the river to the other side. We are heading over to a famous Museum in the downtown Lansing area.

House Chamber at the Michigan State Capitol Building

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After seeing the Senate Chamber of the Michigan State Capitol building in Lansing, Michigan, we walked down the long hallways to the other end of the 1878 building and passed by the dome and dome glass floor previously.  Now we are at the other end of the building and looking into the House of Representatives. Most of their desks and chairs are covered with blue velvet to protect them. It is another great lofty room with paintings, fantastic architecture and a beamed lit ceiling. A view from the 2nd floor balcony:

Here is a Panorama of the same room from a different perspective, the first floor: