Babies Signage

The following photographs of publicly displayed signs were taken by fans of Aunt Ruby’s Sweet Jazz Babies as exemplary evidence of the positive impact of the Babies upon the planet Earth. It is interesting to note the increasing resurgence in popularity of the Boater style of hat as shown in several of the photographs. Aunt Ruby’s Sweet Jazz Babies extends their gratitude to their fans who provided these extraordinary pictures and their supplementary historical information.

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Yvonne Swonski, proprietor of Aunt Ruby’s Adventure World outside of Prague, in the Czech Republic, recounted the day she first met Aunt Ruby while on holiday in the Swiss Alps in 1957. “Before I met Aunt Ruby, I had never done anything good for anyone. I was greedy and selfish, and my heart was empty and cold. On the day I met her, I was skiing voraciously and recklessly, lusting for the thrill of speed and running down other skiers. Then, an avalanche engulfed me. My injuries were severe. I lay trapped for hours buried deep in the snow, and I felt my strength draining from my body. After a time, a sweet and gentle voice called to me by name. I replied, “Here am I”. It was Aunt Ruby. I did not know how, but she knew my name. And soon, her glowing face appeared to me through a hole she had dug with a special wooden avalanche tool she said that a Professor from Texas made for her and a mountain climber from New Orleans taught her how to use. While we waited for the paramedics, she shared many wonderful stories about a daring civil war general and a vaudevillian troubadour that made me forget all about my suffering and taught me how to love life again. Aunt Ruby found me and saved my life. Because of Aunt Ruby, I am different now. Now I work to bring joy to people and I dedicate this amusement park to Aunt Ruby. I hope some day to see her again and show her the good works she has inspired me to perform.

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Early in 1985, environmentally conscious members of the Southern Yosemite Chapter of the Jazz Babies Society wanted to organize a grass roots clean road movement to beautify the roadways and bike paths of this Californian natural wildlife preserve. The members of the Jazz Babies Society, whom are all loyal fans of the Babies, mentioned their concerns to the Babies during one of the Babies’ public performances. The Babies shared the idea of a now famous engineer from the Texas Department of Transportation who had initiated the “Adopt-A-Highway” program in Texas during the previous year. Following the lead of the Great Republic of Texas, the Jazz Babies Society lobbied members of the California Transportation Department (CALTRANS) to implement a similar program in California, which has been widely successful and has been extended to encompass the entire California state highway and park system

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Liuan Chi, a traditional chef from the Zhuangzu province of China, named her soup and noodle kitchen after a chance meeting Aunt Ruby in the early 1980’s. Liuan, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, was a student participating in a democratic demonstration in the Tienneman Square. After receiving life-threatening wounds in several places, Liuan wandered into Aunt Ruby several miles away. Liuan indicated that while she cannot remember everything, she indicated that Aunt Ruby asked her to lie still while she held what Liuan describes as a “shiny, whirring glove” over her body that emitted a “golden-green cascade of light and a flying rotating blue orb” and after which, her injuries entirely disappeared and she has experienced perfect health ever since. UFO experts conjecture that the healing device described by Liuan may be extra-terrestrial, although most dismiss her testimony.

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Dr. Carmen Fuente del Santiago snapped this photograph on the verge of a beautiful sunset in Cartagena, Spain circa May, 1976. The Spanish city officials of this romantic Mediterranean port city engaged the Babies for an extended concert stay in the mid 1970’s and due to the Babies’ resultant popularity, took measures such as this directional sign to help control the flow of traffic to and from Babies’ events. Dr. Fuente included this photograph into her report chronicling the study of the psychological and physiological phenomena accompanying the Babies during their extended stay in Spain and the reports of decreased heart disease and sudden increase in the life expectancy of all those who attended the Babies’ public performances. Her investigations into these mysterious phenomena is ongoing Abigail Jones, a devout fan of the Babies and a lesser known granddaughter of the Great Republic of Texas’ last president, Anson Jones, pioneered the development of this deer warning sign for Central Texas communities in the early 1930’s. It was replaced by the traditional deer, without the Boater, in 1946. The sign is rumored to have provided the inspiration behind suggestions made during a Galveston, Texas city council meeting in the mid 1980’s that cows grazing on Galveston Island should wear diapers. Out of the public row resulting from this meeting, the sign was removed from the Barrington Farm exhibit (Washington-on-the-Brazos)

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Tai Pei, Taiwan transportation officials renamed Noodle Street in honor of Frank Lee Devine after the Babies instigated a devastating post-public performance feeding frenzy on the noodle-house establishments located along this busy thoroughfare. In a three hour period, the Babies depleted the entire supply of noodles from each noodle house along the entire length of this street. Teams of locals gather regularly each year to honor the Babies historic trek along this street and test their skill to consume the same quantity of noodles consumed by the Babies in the same time period. The record, originally set by the Babies in 1918, has not been broken, even though the quantity of noodle houses has decreased by 31 since the time the record was established This prototype CALTRANS train depot location sign featuring the Boater hat was manufactured in limited quantities by the California Transportation Department under the specific request of Babies fan and then-governor Ronald Reagan. To the surprise of the Reagan administration, extremis right-wing anti-hippie conservatives formed an alliance with the extremis left-wing members of the anti-straw users coalition and lobbied to defeat the proposed sign. The extremis right-wing conservative group, believing the slanderous accusations from J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI concerning the Babies involvement in the initiation of the Hippie Movement and harboring great bitterness regarding same, provided massive financial backing to the extremis left-wing campaign. The extremis left-wing anti-straw users coalition regarded the use of straw as religious blasphemy and pursued their objections based on Constitutional Law (separation of church and state). Perceiving the conflict may interfere with his ability to pursue the Presidency, Governor Reagan quickly withdrew the sign from production

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This sign, originally designed in 1923, provides warning to cyclists in St. Petersburg, Russia of hazardous road conditions related to the presence of trolley tracks in the road. One beauty of such signs is their ability to communicate ideas visually which can be understood by everyone regardless of their language or background. Dimitri Molobronovich, the foremost master creator of these types of signs and a pioneer in their development, emigrated to the United States in the late 1920’s and continued his outstanding contribution to public safety until his death. Dimitri indicated that he owed his survival and his inspiration to save lives entirely to Tartan Purry and Tartan’s life safety training courses he underwent as a youth in Murukta

This sign was part of a 1980’s children’s neighborhood watch educational program and psychology experiment conducted in a pseudo-neighborhood called “Babyville” located on the campus of the University of Maryland using children from various communities around Maryland. In this role playing program which featured costumes of the Babies, the children play the role of ARSJB agents, i.e. “watchdogs”, of the community and are instructed how to conduct themselves safely and help secure their neighborhood through communication and observation. The results of this experiment were used to help further the participation of children in the neighborhood watch program and heighten its effectiveness. After this program completed its prototype phase, it became the model program for national efforts to increase community safety in neighborhoods across the United States, using a slightly altered warning message. Researchers from the University worked closely with the Babies regarding the development of conflict scenarios and the Babies are proud to have participated in this program. This photograph has never before been published

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