The Official Big Creek Mugs

One of the most popular exhibits at the Milwaukee Art Museum is the janitor. Just about everyone loves to pose for a picture with him.  He is life size and very realistic. Here is a picture I took of him in August.

The Janitor

George and Jennifer bought a large coffee mug with a photo of the janitor on it at the museum gift shop. As we were sitting at the table while someone was drinking out of the mug, Andy got the idea to make a mug with Spence on it.  I immediately knew which photo of him I would use. One of my favorite pictures of him.  He was blowing leaves off the handicap sidewalk when we were walking up to the campground.  He paused to say good morning to us and rested the leaf-blower backpack on the water fountain .


Unfortunately, there are not that many choices at Walmart on how many or how they are arranged.  So, this is what we ended up with:

Big Creek, A Closer Look at a National Park Coffee Mug

Uh oh!  I just noticed that the word “a” got cut off of the book cover picture!  Well darn.

I did get the picture and also one of him mowing the grass in the day-use parking lot.b02-spence-mug

Also,  a picture of him whacking weeds (the park calls it “string trimming”). My favorite picture of Spence is the lower one.  I think it shows his smart-aleck personality. He was probably saying, “HEY!! I TOLD you not to take a picture of me when I’m not working!”


Of course, Andy didn’t want to stop there.  We also made mugs for Linda, Boss Larry, and Ranger Heath.  That is with their own pictures on them, not Spence. We drove over to the Cosby campground this afternoon to deliver them.  Everyone was there except Heath, who is working mostly in the Little River section of the park now.

I will also give them each a copy of the book, whenever I finally get it. They are the main characters in it, after all. They all seemed to get a big kick out of their official Big Creek mugs.


9 thoughts on “The Official Big Creek Mugs

  1. bowmanauthor September 19, 2016 / 7:53 am

    Great idea with the mugs, but you had a very cooperative model. My husband–no way!


    • Dinata Misovec September 21, 2016 / 9:44 pm

      It was Andy’s great idea and I’m glad I followed it. Spence and Linda were tickled pink.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Frank Wilmer September 19, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    like the mugs! I don’t know if it was you or not, but someone sent us a great article on the Janitor and the artist and what a time they have keeping his clothes, etc. from falling apart or stolen. was the site!

    Sent from my iPad



    • Dinata Misovec September 21, 2016 / 9:42 pm

      Yes, I included that in a post some time back. It was a great article.


  3. Cas Olverson September 19, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    who knew you could get custom photo mugs at walmart?! only Dinata & Andy know these obscure things!


    • Dinata Misovec September 21, 2016 / 9:42 pm

      Actually, I didn’t know until I got on line to compare prices.


  4. cornfedcontessa September 23, 2016 / 10:36 am

    Thanks for the follow! I love the janitor, which is in my hometown art museum. How did you like Milwaukee?


    • Dinata Misovec September 23, 2016 / 9:54 pm

      We love Milwaukee! In the summer. We usually spend about a month in Mequon, where my two grandsons live with their parents. Six weeks this year! We explore that area and find new places every year. I love cheese curds and custard. If it were not for winter, I would move there tomorrow. Do you still live there? p.s I was attracted to your blog by the title. I saw it on a blog you follow.

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      • cornfedcontessa September 24, 2016 / 4:49 pm

        I live in the western suburbs of Milwaukee. We go downtown all the time. The city really has a lot to offer, especially in the summer months. I’m from Indiana originally, and it’s the land of corn, so I thought Cornfed Contessa was cute. Thanks for stopping by.


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