Live Olive: Chester, Illinois … The Town Where It All Began!


Amber Ray, blogger of “Rant and Roam,” recently made a spontaneous road trip to Chester, Ill., the quaint riverside town where Elzie Segar created “Thimble Theatre” and the place where the legendary romance between Popeye and Olive Oyl began.

Amber was accompanied by her boyfriend, and no trip would be complete without a stop at the home of the Official Popeye Fan Club, Spinach Can Collectibles! They documented the trip with a series of photos that capture the charm and simple beauty of Chester while also showing their playful sides … Popeye and Olive Oyl would be so proud!


Amber grew up about an hour from Chester. She is hoping to visit Chester, England (Chester’s sister city) weeks … which happens to only be about an hour from where her boyfriend grew up! Coincidence? Perhaps … but Olive Oyl, the hopeless romantic, would say that it is destiny!

To read Amber’s full travelogue, please visit “Rant and Roam” by clicking here!




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