Thursday, October 26, 2017


Court and Walnut. Most recently, it was a fast food Mexican restaurant. Before that, fast food Chinese. Before that, a corner grocery store, if this Salem cigarette poster is to be believed.

Vine and Liberty. Previously spotted here
What's interesting is that the old sign was hung up on the wall, not painted on it.
But still, there's a ghost.

7th, between Vine and Race.

Court Street.

We don't remember. We believe it's on Vine in OTR. 

Main Street.

City Hall.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Big Boy Reveal

Again a tip of the hat to Mr. R. Salerno for alerting us to this recent uncovering on 6th Street,
between Main and Walnut. You can read more at his blog.

On the upper left of this former Big Boy, there's another ghost sign.

And to the left, another.

Dissected by a shadow here.

Monday, October 16, 2017

When the Light Is Right

New details reveal themselves.
Sure, we've seen this view before, but...

Before, we never noticed this. 
Comparing it to our earlier photos, it was there, but went unnoticed.
We believe it was part of the German National Bank sign.

Monday, October 9, 2017

A New Look at an Old Favorite

Sure, we've featured the Mockbee building many a times. And there's good reason we keep coming back to it.

There's so much going on. 

There's so many details.

So much layering.
So many former uses for the building. 
For instance, can you see the "Outdoor Advertising" or the "Signs" signs?

Friday, October 6, 2017

Schwartz' Point

We were going to feature this OTR jazz club after it closed, but then we found out through 
Queen City Discovery that it's reopening.

So we won't. Ignore this post.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Celebrity Sighting

We've long ignored this mural at the corner of Race and Liberty.

Largely because it's more of a mural than a sign.
And because it's rather "modern."
How modern? We're guessing early 90s.

Based on the presence of Urkle from Family Matters, which ran on ABC from 1989 to 1998.
However, it IS advertising a diner, Ollie's Trolley, and it is faded.