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Friday, March 26, 1937. :   Spinach growers in Crystal City, Texas, erect a statue of Popeye in gratitude to him for saving their dying industry.

     Popeye the Sailor Man is a famous comic strip character, created by Elzie Crisler Segar and first appearing in the King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on 17 January 1929. Popeye is naturally tough, but an adaptation of his character into animated cartoons saw him popping open a can of spinach and swallowing the contents whenever he needed a burst of super-human strength. Prior to the emergence of Popeye, spinach farmers in Crystal City, Texas, USA, were facing a decline in demand for their product. On 26 March 1937, the farmers were so grateful to Popeye for reviving their dying industry that they erected a statue of him in the town.

The statue that stands outside Crystal City Hall is only a reproduction of the real statue. To protect the original from vandals and mascot-collectors, the “real” statue remains within the walls of the Crystal City Hall.

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When I am afraid, O Lord Almighty, I put my trust in you.
Psalms 56:3 (c) GNB
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