Frankenstein and a UFO // land camera photos - The Dainty Squid

Frankenstein and a UFO // land camera photos

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Another weekend, another mini road trip! This time I headed to Canton, OH. It's about an hour and a half drive for me, so not too bad! This weekend's travel purpose was to find Frankenstein's headstone. Although there's no one named "Victor", and chances are the family just happened to have a super neat last name it's still a great find nonetheless!

West Lawn Cemetery, where you'll find the Frankensteins, is gorgeous. Other than the excitement of a Frankenstein headstone I also got to see my first receiving vault. A receiving vault is a vault in which bodies are stored during the winter when the frozen ground prevents graves from being dug. In all the cemeteries I have visited I'd never seen one before.
The photo above is the receiving vault. It was the resting place of President McKinley for six years while his memorial while being built. His wife, Ida, visited the vault everyday until her death in 1907.

Just a quick drive down the road is President McKinley's memorial monument. It's quite grand! I didn't bother to climb the stairs to take a peek inside (too many sweaty, shirtless men jogging up and down the stairs for my tastes) but it certainly was a site to see even from the bottom of the hill. 
While in the Canton area I also swung by a UFO shaped building! One of the comments on Roadside America from 2009 said it was telemarketing and insurance offices but it certainly looked abandoned when I visited. You can see in the second photo how there seems to be boxes and other junk piled up in front of the top windows. What a shame! I'd love to live in a place like that or at least explore the inside.
I'm really digging these weekend day trips I've been taking. It's neat how many interesting things there are to uncover that are less than a days drive away.

You can find land camera film here: black and white or color. If you're interested in buying a land camera check out your local thrift store, but if you're in a hurry there are always some floating around on ebay. I bought mine from Film Photography Project on ebay two years ago or so when they were having a sale. They do currently have a few in their webstore. They're slightly pricey compared to what you'd find at a thrift store or estate sale but they have been tested and come with batteries. Plus they have really great service that I can attest to! When I first got the camera I had no idea what to do with but it actually came with an instructional DVD and that's pretty stinken awesome if you ask me.

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15 thoughts

  1. I lived in Massillon (right next to Canton) for five years and never knew these things existed! I'll definitely have to seek them out the next time I go home :)

  2. Gorgeous photos! You've really inspired me to pick up my film cameras.

  3. What amazing photos! That UFO building looks awesome!

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  4. Frankenstein's grave is so cool! These photos have a wonerful horror film feel to them - they remind me of screenshots from Buffy. xx

  5. Wow, the Frankenstein headstone is awesome! It's kind of eerie to see the name in such a large and formal location, almost out of place and yet in its rightful place...I feel like that doesn't make sense, but in my head it does, haha.

    In Lac La Belle Cemetery near where I used to live, there's a very similar headstone bearing the name "Valentine," which I always thought was pretty cool, too.

  6. I am probably very late to the game :) but as a fellow Ohioan I wanted to ask - have you read through the book Weird Ohio? I just stumbled upon it a few weeks ago and it's chocked FULL of fabulously "weird" things to do and see around our beautiful state. I can't wait to get exploring! I found it quickly on Amazon.

  7. I love your little trips, and your photos. These are sufficiently Halloweeny scary. :) Awesome work.

  8. The UFO building is so great! Too bad there is not a better story behind it.

  9. I love all your land camera photos! They're so wonderful! I'm thinking about doing day trips around me to see what hidden gems I can find :-)

  10. This is awesome and I love the Frankenstein headstone!

    My mother-in-law lives behind a cemetery where there are two receiving vaults from the 1800s. They've both been boarded up but one of the boards had snapped off at one point so you could go inside and look around. It was beautiful, with a crucifix mosaic on the floor.


  11. Awesome stuff! I used to live in Ohio, near Dayton in a town called Centerville. There was some interesting cemeteries near where I used to go school. :)

  12. I always adore your land camera photos and this time I'm totally in love with them. I would really love to go see the Frankenstein headstone in the future and see ufo shaped buildings and photograph them!!
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  13. This is seriously amazing! I bet this wouldn't be a terribly far drive from Indy. I always love taking mini roadtrips to see weird things :P And that building DEF looks like a UFO. Hahaha!

  14. The UFO building is GREAT. I would definitely live there.

  15. That's fascinating about the receiving vault. I've never heard of that before, but I guess the temperatures in Northern Ireland never dropped enough for that to be a problem. I did however grow up near one of the last remaining corpse houses in Ireland: It's fascinating to think that medical experiments which drove knowledge of how the human body works, and which took place on another landmass, drove such security measures where my ancestors lived. All those body-snatching horror stories about Burke and Hare felt so much closer to home after I learnt about corpse houses.


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