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 Posted: Tue Jun 22nd, 2010 04:32 pm
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Figuring that it was about time that I posted some pictures, after giving the Super Moderator a poke in the ribs about not showing us the progress on his new layout, I hereby submit the following for your amusement.

I have always wanted to build a model of a barn with the "Mail Pouch" sign painted on it. These barn advertisements were all over the state of Pennsylvania, and were periodically repainted to keep them looking good. For the "use' of the barn, the farmer was paid in either cash, a repaint job on the rest of the barn, or in tobacco, but when the ban on tobacco advertising was made law, the last of the barn painters retired. Some of the signs are still visible along the roads of the state- but as barns disappear from the roadside scene, the advertisements are becoming more and more rare.

Albert Falfa had a farm near Midden, but when the O&E came along and moved the road in front of the farm, Al found himself living on a road that no longer went anywhere  The tobacco company was no longer interested in Al's barn, because of the very limited exposure that the advertisement now had. Al was devastated- his endless supply of free chawin terbaccy was cut off, and life just wernt worth livin anymore. Al's gone now, his barn still stands, but it's showing signs of the weather, and might not be around much longer either.



Al's car is still in the lean-to shed--his kids didn't want it--or the barn either



The shed roof partially collapsed from the weight of that big snow we had three winters ago-



One of the last things that Al did before he died, was to replace a couple siding boards on the old barn.





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 Posted: Tue Jun 22nd, 2010 05:55 pm
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Nice! I still see the Mail Pouch ads on barns scattered around the country. One I know of is along I-76 east of the Allegheny Tunnel there in Pa. Arkansas, Missouri and Kentucky also have examples. Every once in a while I'll have a load that takes me out onto the backroads and I'll discover other similarly painted barns.



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 Posted: Tue Jun 22nd, 2010 06:08 pm
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Herbie-that barn is beautiful in it's funkiness! The Mail Pouch sign looks great, just right. All you need now is a Rainbo bread screen door somewhere, I know where there are some extra decals which would work in O scale. Do you have a farm house for this scene? Befuddled minds....know...

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 Posted: Wed Jun 23rd, 2010 08:39 am
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How about a See Rock City sign on the other side and a couple of Burma Shave signs along the road???  Memories!



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 Posted: Wed Jun 23rd, 2010 09:58 am
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Thanks, guys!

Rainbow and Rock City signs I don't remember, but Burma-Shave--you bet!

I love the old "ghost" signs, faded, on the side of buildings.

There is a sign on the side of a brick building in Downingtown PA, that says

HYDRAULIC
GASOLENE (sic)
STORAGE

Now the storage part is easy- in the early days people with cars that lived in towns, and did not have a garage at their home, often kept their cars. in large "public" garages. There, their vehicles were out of the rain and snow, could be serviced by the attendant, and kept warm (relatively) in the winter.

But how many of you know what "hydraulic gasolene" means?

Hint- it was not only a potential car problem, but Al Gore would have been all over it.


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 Posted: Thu Jun 24th, 2010 05:47 am
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Here is a link to the Rock City (Chattanooga, TN) website with several prints of the See Rock City barns

http://seerockcity.biz/rockcitybarnprints.aspx






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Guess I'm too much of a homeboy- never remember seeing one.

One series of iconic signs that I do remember from a motorcycle trip to the Daytona Races down old US 301 (befrore I-95) in the mid '50's was--

STUCKIES

It was "only 23 miles to stuckies" only "22 miles to nstuckies", "only 21 miles to stuckies---ad nauseum.


When you got there, the interior was so arranged that to get to the "food" one had to travel down endless isles lined with worthless tourist crap that was for sale---the "food" was even worse----


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 Posted: Thu Jun 24th, 2010 09:42 am
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Except for their Pecan Logs.  Mom & Dad had to buy them in self-defense!



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OK Herb, maybe you have never seen a Rainbo screen door, but surely there is some localized ad that could be on a screen door somewhere up there..even if you don't want to put it on a building, it could be a neat piece of junk alongside the barn.

Here in the Republic of Tejas, we have "roadside art" along every old road. If I had a long enough road, I would do some Burma Shave signs. Also, most every old sign has been shot at with 00 buckshot so there's more "detail" to be added.

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Now that's scratch building. Making your own rolling stock is one thing but making the drive unit is a whole nother world. Good work and please show how ya do it to the end.  pete

Oops! It's already the end. Beautiful job Herb. I musta missed a few pages of the build.  PM

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