Ghost signs

Discussion in 'The Golden Era' started by Dinerman, Oct 16, 2006.

  1. dh66

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    Seemed like the best thread for this one. Definitely a ghost of it's former self[​IMG]

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  2. Ran across some area ghosts today.

    Licking, Missouri.

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    Steelville, MIssouri.

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    Very ghosty Lee jeans sign.

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  3. I’ve always known this as the Missouri Hotel. From 1936 to 1945 it was the Milner (see ghost). Prior to that it was The Green Tavern and was considered one of the finest hotels west of the Mississippi. Now vacant it spent the prior couple of decades as a homeless shelter.

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  4. dh66

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    Georgia & Alabama Steamboat Co.

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  5. Sort of a ghost. I saw this logo on the back of a tall showcase in a flea market. Sort of fancy for something one would almost never see.

    Front: (far from its glory days)

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  6. Thayer, Missouri. Modern and European.

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  7. This old store building has been gone for a few years now (replaced by the boom of 4-story apartment buildings 10-feet from the street that have been popping up around Missouri State University lately). At one point I was dreaming of putting in a bar/bar-b-que joint and keeping a version of the original name of Flummerfelt's (Meat) Market (the ghostier ghost at the top). Sadly it was on the wrong side of the street from the protected district.

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  8. Ghosts of the newer signs on Commercial Street in Springfield, Missouri.

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  9. tonyb

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    That sign best belongs right where it is, but if were to go elsewhere, for whatever reason (demolition, changed use of the building, midnight acquisition, etc.) I happen to know a guy who would love having it.
     
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  10. Some from Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

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    The third pig built his ghost sign out of brick...

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    ^^^^^ What this one used to look like.

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  11. Excuse the fuzzy pic (snapped while driving by and not sure when it will get covered again). This bottling plant operated from 1936 to 1966 when it merged with the Pepsi bottling plant here in Springfield, MO.

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  12. Willow Springs, Missouri

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  13. tonyb

    tonyb I'll Lock Up

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    I don’t recall posting this before, but if I did, well, excuse the hell outta me.
    It’s on the back of the building at 500 Aurora Ave. N. in Seattle. I snatched the image off Google Maps, after searching for 501 Dexter Ave. N. (Dexter parallels Aurora, one block to the east.)
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  14. tonyb

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    I have a modest collection of old commercial signage, with an emphasis of sorts on soda pop stuff. My searching out a genuine old 7-Up sign (fakes abound) for a reasonable price has so far been unsuccessful. I’d gladly have one in that condition (a removable one, on steel), because, as I’ve noted before, I don’t object to this kinda stuff showing that it was actually used for its intended purpose.

    Alas, it appears that others are coming around to my way of seeing things. Honest patina on this vintage stuff — signs, motor vehicles, etc. — is becoming a selling point.

    There goes the neighborhood.
     
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  15. I have a large plastic outdoor 7-Up sign that I bought 20 years ago for $10 at a Boy Scout Garage Sale. I haven't done anything with it, but it might end up in my barn if my daughter doesn't take it (she's expressed interest). This one is similar. Mine references a cafe with "Ozark" in the name (I can't remember exactly). I just have the plastic, not the light can.

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  16. tonyb

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    ^^^^^
    That series is often misattributed to Peter Max. The image below is of what I think was the top section of an outdoor store display. It’s paint on steel, currently residing on a bathroom wall. I’m still on the lookout for 7-Up signage dating from a few decades earlier. E6D14308-6123-40C4-9BC7-00A15DCC3CBB.jpeg
     
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  17. LizzieMaine

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    That was the start of the whole "Un-cola" campaign that carried 7up thru the 70s -- there was a neighborhood grocery joint near here that had a back-lit plastic sign in that style well into the 2010s before somebody finally put a rock into it.

    I miss "You Like It -- It Likes You." I used to see that on the bottles and would sit there and wonder what it was all supposed to mean. Imagine when I finally found out it was supposed to be a reference to 7up as a hangover cure.
     
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  18. tonyb

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    7-Up was long advertised as a healthful alternative to other beverages. I’ve seen old (like, very old) print ads suggesting it be given to infants. It was once promoted as a good mixer with milk.

    Echoes of that carried into much more recent times. Remember “crisp and clean and no caffeine”?
     
  19. Frunobulax

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    My mother, an RN, would give us kids room temperature 7-Up if we had an upset tummy. I'm sure this was a holdover from those days.
     
  20. LizzieMaine

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    THere's a good reason why 7-up was so soothing. Up until 1948 it contained a healthy slug of lithium citrate.
     
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