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Popeye Statue in Chester, Illinois
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Popeye Statue in Chester, Illinois

I'm Popeye the Sailor Man, I'm Popeye the Sailor Man. I'm strong to the finich Cause I eats me spinach. I'm Popeye the Sailor Man. In 1977 a memorial to the beloved cartoon character Popeye the Sailor Man was erected in Chester, Illinois, birthplace of the comic's creator Elzie C. Segar. The "Home of Popeye" still proudly displays this six-foot, 900 lb. bronze Popeye statue in Segar Memorial Park, ...
Wimpy Photo Op in Chester, Illinois
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Wimpy Photo Op in Chester, Illinois

You know those things where there is a picture of a character of some sort and the face is cut out so you can take a picture with your face in place of the character's face? I tried figuring out if there was an official name for those things but couldn't find it. In any case, there is one of Wimpy (the hamburger-loving character from Popeye the Sailor Man) in Chester, Illinois underneath the Popeye mural! ...
Popeye Mural in Chester, Illinois
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Popeye Mural in Chester, Illinois

Chester, Illinois celebrates all things Popeye the Sailor Man. It's Elzie Crisler Segar, the cartoon creator's, home town so it only makes sense that the entire town serves as a shrine to his work. In fact, many of the characters were based on residents. In Gazebo Park, next to Spinach Can Collectibles, (where the Wimpy statue lives) their dedication to the sailor man and his friends shows in this lovely ...
Sneak Peek of the Week: Popeye and Chester, Illinois
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Sneak Peek of the Week: Popeye and Chester, Illinois

A couple of weeks ago I featured the Wimpy statue in Chester, Illinois. Stay tuned the rest of the week for more from Chester — the home of Popeye the Sailor Man! (Toot toot!) ...
Popeye’s Wimpy Statue in Chester, Illinois
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Popeye’s Wimpy Statue in Chester, Illinois

We're finishing up Hamburger Week here on Silly America with one of the great American icons of the hamburger: J. Wellington Wimpy. No, he didn't invent the hamburger. No, I doubt he ever even made a hamburger. But yes, he sure did like to eat them! Wimpy is the beloved character from the cartoon Popeye, a smart but lazy and cheap man who holds an inescapable hunger for hamburgers but is oft unwilling to ...

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