Friday, May 21, 2010

Pic Today 5/21/10



WHEN BRICK BUILDINGS
WERE BILLBOARDS

Mural size advertisements
hand painted on the sides of brick buildings . . .
still around today, faded but readable.
They're an endangered, vanishing art form,
popular 100 years ago, in most of our major cities.
They're catalogued and photographed by
Archeology Magazine,
and today referred to as "ghost signs."

As warehouses and old houses are demolished or restored
many of these murals are lost forever.
The most popular brands that created these
early "billboards" were Beechnut Chewing Tobacco,
Uneeda Biscuit, Burma Shave & Domino Sugar.
There are still many mural ads visible today.
See how many you can still find . . .
Anyone remember
BRAINS 25c?

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