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Den Haag Repaint – P. v. Osselen Automobielen Garage – Verhuur en reparatie van rijwielen en automobielen – Lowlands Correspondent, Gaia Son

Telephoon N° 661© Gaia Son

© Gaia Son

Verhuur en reparatie van rijwielen en automobielen – Rent and repair of bicycles (archaic) and automobiles © Gaia Son

I appreciate the efforts to restore these ads but I wish they would just leave them alone. Many are not nearly as aesthetically pleasing than the original fade (i.e. Phillips, Harlingen NL).

Jacobs Garage – Dr. Jim’s Lofts – 3450 SE Alder – Portland, OR – Pacific NW Correspondent, Howie Schechter

© Howie Schechter

Notes from an Early Assistance Appointment held in 2012 (EA 12-120164) identified the building being constructed in 1919 as a warehouse and/or garage, with a 1961 variance (VZ 38-61) allowing the building to be occupied as a nonconforming printing plant and warehouse. – City of Portland, Oregon – Bureau of Development Services – Land Use Services – April 5, 2013

Blueprints from the proposal to convert the existing nonconforming warehouse structure on the site to four dwelling units. – City of Portland http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/442832

According to the developer, Dr. Jim:

The Dr. Jim’s Lofts imaginatively adapted a turn-of-the-century Standard Dairy building into four single-family lofts ranging from an airy 2-bedroom to a cavernous 4-bedroom. CHANGING PORTLAND 3000FT AT A TIME.

Koffie Rombouts – Antwerpen, BE – Lowlands Correspondent, Gaia Son

© Gaia Son

ANTWERP (Belgium). Bogie motor car type 7000 (1908-1975). With publicity of “Koffie Rombouts”. Postcard of VETRAMU/AMUTRA No. 39. Photo E. Keutgens. – The Traveler’s Drawer

© Gaia Son

Alles begint in Antwerpen, waar Frans Rombouts op een dag besluit een brandtrommel te huren om zijn eigen koffie te branden. – It all began in Antwerp, where Frans Rombouts decided one day to rent a coffee roasting drum to roast his own coffee. – Rombouts Website History

© Gaia Son

Luchthaven – Vliegveld Deurne – Antwerp International Airport – Belgium – Gaia Son

April 2005 © Gaia Son

Gaia Son in the Ghardaïa Province- Algeria, March 2007

El Goléa –  oasis town and commune – capital of El Ménia District, in Ghardaïa Province, Algeria. © Gaia Son

This summer I spent a week with my friends Gaia Son (FAB’s Lowlands Correspondent) and her husband Bob Kovel (artiste extraordinaire) in Amersfoort, NL. One night Gaia showed me some of her photographs and I insisted on her curating some virtual exhibitions for the Fading Ad Blog. This first slideshow is of Son’s trip through the Ghardaïa Province in Algeria- located in The M’Zab Valley (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in the Sahara Desert and ending in Outoul in the south of Algeria.

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Gaia Son with her Touareg Berber guides – photo by Louis Cador

Netherland Shipbuilding Company – Nederlandsche Scheepbouw Maatschappij – North Amsterdam, NL – Lowlands Correspondent, Gaia Son

© Gaia Son

© Gaia Son

© Gaia Son

Commemorative book – August 1894 – August 1934 http://www.ndsm-werfmuseum.nl/

© Gaia Son


Featured Fade: Chew Virgin Leaf Tobacco Ad – Blood Tonic Pentimento – Fulton Street – Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn – Vlad Iorsh

© Vlad Iorsh

Virgin Leaf tobacco was a trademarked chewing tobacco marketed by McAlpin & Co. Since I have never seen their past ads as claiming to be “for the blood,” I am assuming this is a pentimento – two or more ads superimposed upon one another – of the Virgin Leaf ad with a blood tonic. Would love to climb that fence and get a straight on shot of this right after it rains.

Hercules Seating Company – 25 Park Place – Downtown, NYC

iPhone Instagram – © Frank H. Jump

St. Nicholas Gas Station – 77 WABC Radio Station Revisited – Harlem

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

In & Around The Lingotto Railway Station – Torino, IT

South of the Lingotto Railway Station © Frank H. Jump

Pedestrian bridge that gives access to those living in the westerly Ligotto neighborhood to Lingotto Railway. © Frank H. Jump

Former FIAT Lingotto Building © Frank H. Jump

Looking west from Eataly parking lot © Frank H. Jump