We found some other interesting neon signs.
I remember this Portland Outdoor Store sign from when we lived in Portland. I didn't used to pay attention to old signs, but this one always stuck out. Look at the detail in how the cowboy is lit up. This place has been in business since 1929 and if they don't have what you need in terms of Western tack and clothing, then nobody does.
It isn't just old neon signs you can see walking about Portland. There are lots of painted signs on buildings advertising things like ham and bacon.
Thanks to this article in the NY Times, I learned that the old hand painted advertising you see on brick buildings or barns are referred to as "ghost signs" and the painters were called "wall dogs". They were quite popular from the late 1800s until the Great Depression, although they did continue to be used into the 1960s. Nowadays, people are trying to preserve them whether on the buildings themselves or through photographs. Here are some more of the ones Scott captured on his camera.
I guess it isn't just Scott who is slightly obsessed with old signs. You can find entire blogs dedicated to ghost signs - Painted Ad, Ghostsigns and Fading Ad. I wonder if these guys have seen all of the amazing signs in the Pearl District?
Do you ever notice old signs when you're walking through a city?
Walk on 14 October 2014