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Closed Section of the Bowery Subway Station – NYC – Jordan Jacobs

© Jordan Jacobs

Philips Lamp Ad Restoration – Valkenburg, NL – Jenny Hobson & Wouter Bregman

© Jenny Hobson

Hivemind © Wouter Bregman 2016

Featured Fade – Corn Exchange Bank Trust Co. – Prospect Park, Brooklyn – Kathleen Snow

© Kathleen Snow

Featured Fade – Fair & Square Ribbon – Joseph Loth & Company – Eric K. Washington

© Eric K. Washington

Fair and Square Ribbon painted sign

This painted advertisement endures on the back of the former Joseph Loth & Company “Fair and Square” ribbon mill, built in 1886, on Amsterdam Avenue between West 150th and 151st Streets. The ad reads, “Fair and Square — This Label Is On The Best Ribbon Made.”

“In upper Manhattan, a block-long structure hulks like a stalwart old public building. But a faded ad painted in back reveals its delicate mission more than a century ago…”

Featured Fade – Vintage Sen-Sen Ad – Milwaukee, WI – Pete Anderson

Pete Lit – “For Hoarseness.” Gorgeous, massive ad – six stories tall. 158 N. Broadway, Third Ward, Milwaukee. © Peter Anderson

“For Hoarseness.” Gorgeous, massive ad – six stories tall. 158 N. Broadway, Third Ward, Milwaukee. I actually visited, about ten years ago, the Chicago factory where Sen-Sen was last manufactured. I brought home a sample, but don’t remember trying it – the owners warned me that it had a strange taste. According to Wikipedia (which noted its “frequent use in covering up the odoriferous evidence of perceived vices such as drinking and cigarette smoking”) the product was discontinued in 2013. – Pete Lit, April 30, 2017

Vintage Ad from June 1901 – Judge Magazine – © Getty Images

New Paltz Savings Bank Revisited – Lonny Behar

© Lonny Behar

Reilly Electronics – Bronx, NY – Jaqui O

© Jaqui O

© Jaqui O

Boland’s Flour Mills – Dublin, Ireland – Andrea Newmark

© Andrea Newmark

© Andrea Newmark

cropped © Andrea Newmark

cropped © Andrea Newmark

Plans for the €150 million redevelopment of the historic Boland’s Mill site in Dublin’s docklands, including the construction of a 15-storey apartment block, have been approved by Dublin City Council. The Nama-backed development involves the construction of three new office and residential blocks and the restoration of the five original, but now derelict, mill buildings.

However the reference to the “mill” has been removed from the title of the development which will be called “Boland’s Quay”. The development is one of the first schemes undertaken though the fast-track planning system for the docklands. – Irish Times, Olivia Kelly – July 2015

Lorraine Motel – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Memphis, TN – Estelle Saltiel-Pardo

© Estelle Saltiel-Pardo

National Civil Rights Museum – Memphis TN

Where Dr. King checked into the Lorraine Motel – © Estelle Saltiel-Pardo

Can a man love God and hate his brother? – National Civil Rights Museum – Memphis, TN

© Estelle Saltiel-Pardo

Grand Trunk Railroad – Ticket Office – Montreal, Toronto, Buffalo, Detroit… Lewiston, ME – Marie Anne O’Donnell

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