Tillie Color Magnet

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"Tillie" - Color Magnet
Asbury Park iconic image "Tillie", Asbury Park, NJ
  • Produced from an original, Jersey Shore Boardwalk Witness Wood® reclaimed in conjunction with NJ Townships following Superstorm Sandy
  • Witness Wood® featured in an heirloom 100 piece edition 4" Magnet
  • Engraved and painted with our new high quality paint printer
  • Made in the USA 
The 4" New Jersey shaped "Tillie" Magnet is made from Jersey Shore Boardwalk wood and commemorates the iconic image of Tillie the nickname given to two murals of a grinning figure that were painted on the side of the Palace Amusements Building in Asbury Park, NJ.
Tillie is an amusement park "Fun Face", painted over the winter of 1955-1956 and the name Tillie is a nod to George Tilyou, the owner of the Steeplechase Park in Coney Island, NY.
Like many other boardwalk areas in the United States, Asbury Park had fallen on hard times. Palace Amusements, built in 1888, closed in 1988, and the historic building fell into disrepair. When the Palace site was targeted for demolition and redevelopment, Asbury Park residents, Tillie fans, and Springsteen fans formed a grassroots effort to save Tillie, lobbying the state to block the demolition or at least remove the mural beforehand. The group was partially successful, as the left-side Tillie, as well as the "bumper girl" murals, were successfully removed. The right-side Tillie was demolished. From June 8 to June 11, 2004, Save Tillie volunteers removed the mural from the Palace building. The building was demolished in July 2004. Tillieand other murals from the Palace building were to be incorporated into a new building on the site. The two wall sections with the Tillie mural are presently stored in Asbury Park on city property.
Tillie has inspired merchandise like our "Tillie" Color Magnet based on it. Additionally, the mural has been featured in movies, magazines, TV shows such as The Sopranos and a famous photo of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band early in their career.
As an owner of one of these exquisite magnets, you are "keeping history alive" and by gifting them or passing them down to your heirs you and they should be proud to own these beautiful pieces and the Jersey Shore Boardwalk "Witness Wood®" that was used to create them.

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