Sunday, December 7, 2014

Engelke Brothers Maker's Mark, 1919, Casper Wyoming.


I posted one of these the other day from the same company, in which the year, 1913, was also stamped in.  In this one, it was simply lined in by hand, for a much less professional appearance.  Oddly, this one is a few years younger.  It's also several blocks away, presumably representing the advancing sidewalks of the town in the teens.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Engelke Brothers Sidewalk Maker's Mark. 1913. Casper Wyoming.


It used to be the custom, and probably at least still partially is, for cement companies to stamp their names in their product.  this is an example of a Engelke Brothers mark, in downtown Casper, from 1913.

Many Casper sidewalks were of this vintage in the general downtown area, but in recent years the sidewalks have been torn out and replaced, so these really old stamps are not nearly as common as they once were.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

California Tire & Rubber Company, Salt Lake City Utah.


Another painted building from an area of Salt Lake that was once an industrial area.

Firestone Building and mural, Salt Lake City Utah.


This photographs shows the backside of the Firestone Building in Salt Lake City, as well as a neighboring mural. This was an industrial area of Salt Lake a century ago, but the area now just off downtown features restaurant and shops (but is also near an area that can be a bit rough).  The appearance of the back of the  Firestone Building is much different than the front, and the building now houses an Italian restaurant.  The building was built in 1925.

Crane Company Building, Salt Lake City Utah.


This building in Salt Lake City was built in 1910 in a district of Salt Lake which once featured a variety of industrial structures. Today a Vietnamese restaurant is on the street level.  The Crane Company that built this building is the company which makes the well known valves and plumping fixtures, and it was used in the course of their business.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Coopersmiths, Ft. Collins Colorado.


A variety of ghost signs are seen here, on the side of what is now Coopersmith's, the popular brew pub in Ft. Collins, Colorado.  The Colorado Bakery & Grocery sign is prominent, but also included are a Denver Post sign and an Owl Cigar sign.

Colorado Capital




The Colorado Capitol building, which was in the process of being re-roofed (gilded?) when these photos were taken.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Lex Anteinternet: Modern Technology and the Public Building

Lex Anteinternet: Modern Technology and the Public Building: Recently, on our blog about courthouses, I posted an item on the Townsend Justice Center, which is the courthouse for Natrona County Wyomin...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hotel Virginia (Natrona County Annex), Casper Wyoming




This century old building in Casper Wyoming was most recently used as Natrona County's County Annex, a government administrative building, but it had its origins as a hotel.  It's currently under renovations which will convert it into apartments, which is somewhat similar to its original use as a hotel.

I don't  know what the original name of the hotel was, and how many names it may have operated under, but sandblasting on the building has revealed a "ghost sign" for a hotel.  Unfortunately, I can't read anything other than "hotel" on the sign.  The current owner intends to market the apartments under the name Hotel Virginia, but I do not know if that's what this sign said, or if parts of more than one sign are visible.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Platte County Steam Laundry, Wheatland Wyoming


This small building is still in use, and has updated windows today.  A newer sign above the door says "Coin Operated Laundry", so perhaps its still in its original use, although presumably not as a "steam laundry".  Its location is just off of the rail line, which was likely a good location for a laundry.

Landmark Bar, Wheatland Wyoming


Located directly across the street from the Platte County Courthouse, the Landmark Bar features a painting of a map view of the State of Wyoming on its side.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

Lex Anteinternet: The NCSD Bond Issue

Lex Anteinternet: The NCSD Bond Issue: The bond issue goes to the voters tomorrow, May 6.  Please vote yes, if you are a Natrona County, Wyoming voter. Prior threads on the topi...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Main Gate, Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center, Aurora Colorado.





Taken from a moving car, with an Iphone, these photos are of the former main gate for Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Aurora Colorado.  Note the red crosses on the guard houses.

This facility is now the University of Colorado's Children's Hospital, and has been greatly added to.  It's a first rate facility.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Lex Anteinternet: Casper Star Tribune Editorial board: OK the school...

Lex Anteinternet: Casper Star Tribune Editorial board: OK the school...: The Casper Star Tribune has changed its position (reluctantly, given the pools) and is now supporting the bond. While I wish the Tribune wo...

Lex Anteinternet: The Bond Issue: The actual cost

Lex Anteinternet: The Bond Issue: The actual cost: This graphic, generated by the Natrona County School District, nicely shows the actual cost to Natrona County property owners for improv...

Monday, February 24, 2014

Lex Anteinternet: Natrona County School District Bond Vote

Lex Anteinternet: Natrona County School District Bond Vote: Tonight, February 24, 2014, the Natrona County School District will hold the second of its public meetings to take comments on the proposed ...

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Lex Anteinternet: The Bond Issue. Safety

Lex Anteinternet: The Bond Issue. Safety: As folks who read this blog (and there's darned few I know) are aware, I've written on several occasions about the upcoming Natrona ...

Lex Anteinternet: The Bond Issue. Modern technical and vocational t...

Lex Anteinternet: The Bond Issue. Modern technical and vocational t...: I've posted on the upcoming bond issue here several times before, but I want to switch gears a bit with this post, as I think that perha...

Lex Anteinternet: Swimming Pools — NCSD Transform

Lex Anteinternet: Swimming Pools — NCSD Transform: Swimming Pools — NCSD Transform Nice site on the proposed pools and the bond issue. Here's the reason for the bond issue:  "Whi...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Lex Anteinternet: Keeping a Swimming Pool at NCHS

Lex Anteinternet: Keeping a Swimming Pool at NCHS: I was on the Natrona County High School swim team in 1978-1979 and 1979-1980.  I might have been in 1980-1981 as well, my senior year, but ...