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A Display of Hand-Crafted Art at the Trotwood Branch Library


canned ham styleHow’s this for a uniquely Trotwood display? More than a dozen miniature vehicles, made out of upcycled Trotwood Lager beer cans, are on display through February 28 at the Trotwood Branch of the Dayton Metro Library, located at 651 E. Main Street. Former Trotwood resident Tom Brown created each vehicle, including an airplane, tractor and a retro Trotwood Trailer.

“This is such a unique display of handcrafted art with a particularly local appeal,” said Luellen Wilson, Trotwood Branch Library Manager. “We’re fortunate to have it on display from the Trotwood-Madison Historical Society.

Mr. Brown is a graduate of Trotwood-Madison schools. He retired from General Motors after 30 years, and he also served with the fire department for more than 33 years.

The cans he used to construct the miniature vehicles are all Trotwood Lager, produced locally by Warped Wing Brewing Company in Dayton. The beer is named not for the city of Trotwood, but rather the Trotwood Trailer, an RV camper that was produced assembly-line style on North Broadway in Trotwood from 1932 into the 1970s. The trailers, in many styles and sizes, featured innovations such as the side-entry door and were wildly popular in their heyday.

“These trailers were people’s vacations,” said Nick Bowman, head of Warped Wing’s sales and marketing in a press release. “They would load up their families and friends and get lost for a couple weeks. We’ve created a beer to celebrate those traditions”

The cans have a retro look that is evident in all Brown’s handmade creations, on display in the Trotwood Branch Library through February. For more information, call 937.463.BOOK.


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