Sunday, September 30, 2012

Race and Harrison

Our first night shot.  Sometimes, you have to just take them as you find them.  And I'm breaking the rule about "no current businesses".  This was too good to pass up.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


One of the first shots with an actual, live, human being in it.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Go East

The now-closed-because-of-fire-once-famous-East End Cafe.  Was it a hotel, or was it just advertising a hotel?  Or am I just imagining the word "hotel"?

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Central Parkway

Right behind the Cop Shop at Ezzard Charles. 
Another example of not seeing something, (even when you're looking for it), until it's ready to be seen.   Passed by this building thousands of times, but only noticed the signs a couple of weeks ago.  I suppose it's like the Map Room scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark: The sun has to be in the right position at the right time.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Off the Beaten Path

Going along Spring Grove, there are signs a-plenty.  But, between Spring Grove and I-75, there's an interesting little neighborhood, a section of Camp Washington that's part residential, part commercial, and part (mostly abandoned) industrial.  And there are even more faded advertisements on the walls.
Colerain Avenue is fascinating, if nothing else, for the architecture.

Monday, September 17, 2012


Seen this one before, but it's worth revisiting.  Nicely visible from the 8th Street Viaduct.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Top Most

There are three signs for Paramount Vodka in Over-the-Rhine; this one on Elm, below Findlay; one near McMicken, and the third on McMicken.
There's also an ad for Paramount in Walnut Hills, but I'll save that for another day.  I will tell you this much: It's not for vodka.  (How's that for a tease?)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Slightly enhanced.  Near the fire station, at Central and 5th.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Tatum, and Leon's

While looking for the American Sign Museum, I happened to notice this, overlooking their new location.  (Enhanced to increase visibility.)


I call it this because it's been visible to me from Central Parkway, but that's about it.  Last week, I took my bike up McMicken, thinking I could get a better shot.  But, I couldn't find it.  A few days later, I went again, and found some forgotten side-streets.  Still no dice.  So, I settled for this shot from Central Parkway.  And then realized, I already have it in the collection

Great story, huh?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

This Didn't Used to Be Here

Well, naturally.  Go back far enough, and the building wasn't there either.  However, my point is, when I first started this blog, I deliberately walked up Main Street, to get a few signs that I knew where there.  I walked past this, and never saw anything.  And since it's on Main Street, I've been by it more than a few times in the last year. 
However, this summer, it decided to bleed through. 
Wonder how many others there are like that, waiting to fade through.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Making Up for Lost Time

Sometimes life travels fast, and days go by without a chance to update.  So, here's several signs from the same building: the Progress Sign Company, Queensgate.  AKA, Anchor something-or-other.