A once thriving African-American Blues community is now a ghost town.
Ghost signs, ghost ads & other phantoms
This awning was full of mold an inch deep and the smell coming out of the building of both the Half Note Club and Regency Liquors indicated they were closed for a number of years.
For decades, Ninth Street was the hub of the black community, home to black-owned retail shops, nightclubs and businesses. Bessie Smith sang there as a child and teenager, and it attracted many of biggest black entertainers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne and Nat “King” Cole, who would stay in the Martin Hotel. Clubs like the Whole Note and The Half Note were full of blues and jazz.
East Ninth Street was renamed M.L King Boulevard in 1981. – Chattanooga Now, March 2014
According to a thread in Old Bars, Chattanooga;
The Whole Note started out as a top of the line club for R&B entertainment and the Half Note was private for the who’s who’s in African American businessmen and politicians. Charles Bryant was the owner.
Six weeks since the Sun went down, Scranton police Officer Jill Foley drove her cruiser through a silent South Side on patrol Wednesday night looking for some sign, any sign of crime. – Denis J. O’Malley – Times Tribune, July 3, 2011
Today, I was also looking for a sign on Cedar Avenue. I found several. Not the kind of signs for which Officer Jill Foley was looking. Apparently, this once bustling late-19th-century neighborhood is now safer and quieter since this hotel has closed. Reviews on Google for this hotel are hilarious.
The guy in the front with the Harley-Davidson claims to have done the lettering on this sign “too many years ago to remember when.” Within one block, there were many signs of a previous life on Cedar Avenue that was not so nefarious and sleazy. The South Side, as it is called in Scranton, can use a comeback. But then again, so can the North Side and the Middle Side. Scranton has some great architectural and advertising remnant treasures which indicate it once had quite a hey-day. Like most of America’s cities, Scranton is waiting for a second wind.
“Get a POP POP tingle with Wink.” – Ann-Margret in a vintage 1960s Canada Dry Wink commercial.
One of the largest whole grocery distributing firms in southwest Kansas, lasting through World War II, was the Guymon-Petro Mercantile Company. Started in 1902 as the Gonder-Petro Mercantile Company at 225-227 S. Main, it was incorporated as Guymon-Petro in 1907. In 1938, it purchased the Winfield Wholesale Grocery, and by 1946, the company covered five-eighths of Kansas. – Kansas Historical Society (National Register of Historic Places submission)