Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Occident Flour, Fairview Montana


This building in Fairview, Montana advertises "Occident Flour" which apparently maintained it "costs more--worth it".  I don't know what the building itself was used for.  This is located in the wheat growing region of Montana.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Urban Bottle, (Pacific Fruit Warehouse), Casper Wyoming



This is the old Pacific Fruit Warehouse which as been remodeled as Rocca's Sicilian restaurant and Urban Bottle, a liquor store.  Urban Bottle features a new painted sign resembling those that were common in southern Europe, with that look no doubt being intentional.

Toyota Body Shop, Casper Wyoming


This photo is proof that not all "ghost signs" are from before World War Two.  The old Toyota body shop in downtown Casper Wyoming, which had this sign painted on it during the 1970s.

Utility Box, Casper Wyoming


This utility box has been on this site before from when it featured downtown historic Casper buildings.  Now it features native fish.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Morey Mercantile Company Building, Denver Colorado


This building, and the one to the immediately left, were owned by the C. S. Morey Mercantile Company.  I'm not sure of its vintage or what its used for today.

Inkmonstr mural, Denver Colorado.


I have no idea what the story behind this is, but this Inkmonstr mural is located in downtown Denver, Colorado.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Spratlen-Anderson Wholesale Grocery Company (Edbrooke Lofts), Denver Colorado


This is the Spratlen-Anderson Wholesale Grocery Company Building, and neighboring buildings, in downtown Denver Colorado. Today this it the Edbrooke Lofts.  The building was constructed in 1905 with a floor added in 1911.  The grocery company was dissolved in 1923 after which the Davis Brothers Drug Company occupied the company until 1957.  It was converted to lofts in 1990.

The M. J. O'Fallon Plumbing Company (Colorado Saddlery) Building, Denver Colorado


This building in Lower Downtown Denver was built for the M. J. O'Fallon Plumbing Supply Company whose painted bricks still adorn it.  The most famous industry to occupy this 1906 structure, however, was Colorado Saddlery which only moved out of it in 2005 after having occupied it since 1945.  Today it houses shops and lofts.

"LoDo Wellness Center", Denver Colorado


I've been going by this giant mural of a guitar playing cowboy for years and I have in mind that it used to be a Sheplers store in downtown Denver.  Now, of course, in weedy Denver it's apparently a marijuana dispensary.  Oh well.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Wax Trax, Denver Colorado.


This is a photograph of Wax Trax, the legendary Denver record story located in two side by side old buildings in that city.  Currently its adorned with a large painting of Lemmy Kilmister, the late front man for the band Motorhead.

This photo was obviously taken from a distance, and inside a vehicle, so the large mural isn't easily visible in the photo but it was taken from a well known photograph of Kilmister in which he's wearing a short brimmed hat featuring a U.S. Army crossed saber device and an Ordinance branch device.  Kilmister had a thing for military paraphernalia.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Painted Bricks: Purina Elevator, Denver Colorado

A new elevator mural:



Formerly:

Purina Elevator, Denver Colorado:





Terrible photo, but the elevator features a puppy playing with a ball.
 Hmmm. . . puppy replaced by a kitten. . . symbolic?

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sonic Rainbow, Casper Wyoming: Independent Record Store Day, 2017


This store has featured here before. This is the Sonic Rainbow record store in Casper Wyoming.  Every year it features new original window art for Independent Record Store Day.  On this occasion, its patrons were lined up early in the morning waiting for it to open for that event.


The crowd would grow larger on this rainy morning. These people were there early.

Thursday, March 16, 2017