Friday, November 11, 2011

Small town commerce

You get two for the price of one on this last day of photos from places within 100 miles of the Twin Cities. The top one is in Decorah, Iowa and the bottom one in Winona, Minnesota. Both show typical commercial properties in the Midwest from the late 19th and early 20th centuries with just a hint of what the buildings once contained. Here's a previous post from St. Paul, too.


Rachel said...

Those are cool! We have a bunch of those painted on the sides of buildings in Birmingham. Someone started calling them "ghost signs" and the name stuck. I like to collect photographs of them. Looks like you have started a collection too!

Kathy said...

The name "ghost signs" stuck because that's what they're called! I personally call them brickart and I love to find them. These two are wonderful examples because you can still actually read them.