Monday, February 29, 2016
Defunct halls of fame: Celebrity lingerie, Barbie dolls, cockroaches
Several halls that have shuttered are looking for new homes for their collections (including the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the National Barber Museum and Hall of Fame.)
What follows are four notable halls of fame that have closed.
Celebrity Lingerie Hall of Fame
Frederick’s of Hollywood, a retailer of women’s lingerie, used to exhibit a collection of underwear worn by Hollywood movie stars at its store on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. The Celebrity Lingerie Hall of Fame went into storage when the retailer closed that flagship store in 2005. Items formerly on display included a black and gold bustier worn by Madonna in concert and Natalie Wood’s bra from “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.”
Frederick’s of Hollywood Celebrity Lingerie Hall of Fame (Seeing Stars)
Frederick’s uplifting museum is dismantled (Los Angeles Times; Dec. 19, 2006)
Frederick’s of Hollywood Has Undies of the Rich and Famous (Wall Street Journal; May 22, 2015)
Frederick’s of Hollywood Cancels Auction, Likely to Sell Brand to Authentic (Wall Street Journal; May 28, 2015)
Barbie Hall of Fame
Evicted Barbie: Museum owner who lost Palo Alto lease finds lanky doll has lots of friends (SF Gate; March 25, 1999)
Barbie Hall of Fame Homeless in Palo Alto (SF Gate; April 6, 1999)
Mattel Purchases Barbie Hall of Fame Barbie Doll Collection (PR Newswire; April 20, 1999)
Cockroach Hall of Fame
It shut down in 2012 when the owner of the business sold it and moved to Phoenix, according to Roadside America.
(See other articles on the attraction by Legends of America and the New York Daily News.)
Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame
Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame. Its first “Keep Going” inductee was baseball great Cal Ripken, Jr., who set the all-time record for consecutive games played.
The Keep Going Hall of Fame was located at Energizer corporate headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. One thing that apparently didn’t keep going and going was the hall of fame itself.
The website for the hall of fame now leads to a “Page not found” error page.
I can find references to Keep Going Hall of Fame activities in 2006 through 2011, but nothing since. (Here are press releases from 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.)
The last induction into the Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame appears to have been in June 2011.