- Wrigley’s Gum
What: Wrigley’s Gum and Booth’s Furniture and Carpet Company
Where: Texas Street (?) Shreveport, LA
- Domino Sugar
What: Domino Sugar
Where: Broad Street Augusta, GA
Contractor at the site was determining whether or not the building could be salvaged.
- Standard Plumbing
2000 block of Marshall St. Shreveport, La
- The Coffee Cup
What: The Coffee Cup
Where: 914 S Clarkson St Charlotte, NC
Details: Classic Southern food from the ’40s. The place was possibly demolished for housing (before the developer -Beazer – went bust) and has relocated. Not sure about the status of the sign.
- Gayety Theatre
Burlesque in Boston, MA.
…built in 1908 to house vaudeville-style “clean” burlesque shows… a stage that hosted innovative, racially integrated shows and that provides a window into working-class popular entertainment of the early 20th century
Title: Drama unfolds in the life of a burlesque theater
Author: Gregory M. Lamb
Publication: The Christian Science Monitor
- Fordham Auto Radio
What: Fordham Auto Radio
Where: Bronx NY – intersection of Warning Ave and White Plains Rd (?)
Details: Thoughtful submission from my cousin Suzanne and her husband Ray (then living in the NYC area where they both do this amazingly brilliant bio research).
The place the ad mentions – Fordham Auto Radio is still around according to a Goggle search. Or at least recently. And this ad is a great example of the genre in a modern sense. You could probably date the sign: no area code needed (for 10 digit dialing)… car tape “decks“… no mention of CDs… Craig stereos… Read more…
- Villa Capri
Villa Capri Motel – San Diego, CA – Coronado area. Can’t remember much about snapping this one, we were visiting my Uncle out West and caught this gem.
- Ratcliffe Florist
What: Ratcliffe Florist building
Where: 400 block of South Tryon Street – Charlotte, NC
When:17 March 2001
Source: Detail of photo taken with a Sony DSC-505
Details: Just felt a need to share this ghost ad if not for the history – for the wonderful L. Frank Baum-ish typeface.
The side of the Ratcliffe Florist building. At some time in the past another building was built alongside (over the ad) and preserved the ad – preserved until a reinforcing rod went through the ‘F’. The ad is on the side of the Mediterranean Revival style building – the building is about 72 years old. Read more…