Previously located at 7357 Illinois 29, Cantrall, IL 62625, USA
Pink Elephant Antiques, 708 Chs 68, Livingston, IL 62088, USA [Approximate] | 38°57'37.27"N 89°45'52.75"W
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Wampa-One captured a couple of nice shots of the Futuro showing it as it was 032213. One of the photos is a very cool close up of the Futuro and the Pink Elephant. The photos are displayed here with permission.
We know the Futuro is somewhat rare; Pink Elephants - probably more so. I came across this fun shot by the_mel today. Taken 020711 the shot is an interesting capture that shows the Livingston Futuro along with the antique mall's "Pink Elephant".
I also came across this very nice set of photos by singer/songwriter Citizen Fitz posted on his blog 082611.
Traditionally the proverbial "they" have mostly referred to aliens as "little green men". Clearly that is not the case; they have fur, four legs and a tail. I always figured that there was more to dogs than met the eye, they are too darn clever - perhaps all the time we spend training them is just a con and it is really them training us using reverse psychology.
Seriously though this photo by Debra Jane Seltzer of her "kids" at the Livingston Futuro is a great shot.
Debra runs the website http://www.RoadsideArchitecture.com which is a treasure trove of images from all across the USA - check it out. Debra also blogs about her experiences on the road trips she takes to collect her photographs; this photo is from one of her blog posts here.
The photograph was taken 050312 and that is now the latest "confirmed" date I have for this Futuro.
Original Images & Video 092011
This video by RamblinAround features the Livingston Futuro at around the 1:20 mark.
By Pete Zarria | CC 2.0 | Image Date 101910
By vantasy | CC 2.0 | Image Date 101910
Sitting on the north side of I-55 in Livingston, IL you will find the The Pink Elephant Antique Mall. The mall is home to several larger than life curiosities including its namesake, a huge pink elephant as well a twenty foot tall swimmer and a giant "Twistee Treat" ice cream cone building. The last of those stars with the mall's latest addition, a Futuro, in the featured image by yooperann top left which I have to say I just love; the juxtaposition of the "futuristic" Futuro and the almost "old-fashioned" looking "Twistee Treat" cone is just marvelous.
This Futuro was previously located off Route 29 north of Springfield Airport before being purchased from Frank Moscardelli, on whose land it had sat for many years, by the owner of the Pink Elephant Dave Hammond. The Futuro was in quite a state at the time of purchase; in an article in The State Journal Register  Hammond is quoted as follows:
"It was disgusting on the inside, really disgusting ... We had to gut it. It took four trucks to haul all the parts. It does need a lot of attention. We intend on fixing it back up and making it into a dining area with booths, where people can sit and eat ice cream."
Realizing that plan will clearly take a considerable amount of restoration work but the May 2011 photo from Alan C clearly shows that the work is underway with the Futuro having received a shiny new coat of paint.
The second of the two images by olrebbie is an interesting detail shot showing a doorbell installed on the Futuro. Not sure if this is something added to this unit or something standard as it is not something I have ever noticed before; it will be interesting to check images of other Futuros to see if I can ascertain whether this is a standard feature when time permits.
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As far as images go I am particularly interested in those that are either significantly better than the ones already on this page or show a different aspect or detail. If you own an image meeting one or both of those criteria I would love to be able to use it on this page but I will simply provide a link if that is your preference. Where permission is granted to use an image on the page appropriate attribution will be provided by means of a link to the original image, a link to a website of your choosing or both.