Category Archives: Urban Archaeology

UW Tacoma work erases historic icon – Peter Callaghan – The News Tribune

© Vincenzo Aiosa

The Student Prince loved his beer.

And beer lovers in Tacoma loved the Student Prince.

I say loved – past tense – because the Student Prince is dead. The last large image of the iconic advertising symbol of local brew Alt Heidelberg was washed away from the side of the University of Washington Tacoma’s Joy Building during renovation.

“We’re deeply saddened and dismayed and heartsick over this,” said UWT spokesman Mike Wark. He said the UWT strives to preserve the historic painted signs it inherited but was told by a subcontractor that the condition of this one was too fragile to withstand brick cleaning and tuck pointing.

Read more: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2010/05/27/1202505/uw-tacoma-work-erases-historic.html#ixzz0pAzk2tKK

I wrote the piece today about the destruction of the alt Heidelberg ghostsign in Tacoma. I’m now wrestling with people who say it isn’t that big a deal because it can just be repainted. I’m trying to explain why that just isn’t the same (and would be a bad idea to try). Can you give me some help? What is the beauty of ghost signs that demands that they be original, that they be apparitions that we discover? As bad as this mistake is, I think it would be made worse by some attempt to repaint the Student Prince.

Thanks. Enjoy your page.
Peter Callaghan
The News Tribune
Tacoma, WA

Previously posted:
  • Alt Heidelberg – Columbia Brewing Co – Tacoma, WAFading Ad Blog
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Laundromat – Dry Cleaning – Graffiti – July, 2008 – Barcelona, Spain

July 2008 © Frank H. Jump

Home Pick-up & Delivery © Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Off La Ronda del Littoral © Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

The City Concealed – Up in the Fulton Ferry Hotel – Joseph Mitchell – Thirteen dot org

Venture back up into the old hotel, immortalized by Joseph Mitchell in his 1952 New Yorker story, The Cave, later retitled, Up in the Old Hotel. - Channel Thirteen

Venture back up into the old hotel, immortalized by Joseph Mitchell in his 1952 New Yorker story, "The Cave," later retitled, "Up in the Old Hotel." - Channel Thirteen

The City Concealed: Up in the Fulton Ferry Hotel from Thirteen.org on Vimeo.

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Lost America: Night Photography of the Abandoned West – Troy Paiva

ROY'S 2008 First time I tried to shoot this classic Amboy, California sign in at night, the owner chased me off with a shotgun. This time, there wasn't a soul to be found. © Troy Paiva

My buddy Alex Richman (Sidewalk Photography) turned me on to Paiva’s remarkable & haunting site Lost America. In correspondence with Paiva, he asked that I mention that his images are now available in the new Chonicle Book (SF)Night Vision – The Art of Urban Exploration – released July 2008 – can be bought at Amazon.com.

Thank YOU Kevin Walsh!

Jump & Walsh holding NY Daily News spread on which they collaborated.

Vincenzo and I are traveling abroad, currently driving through Piedmont, Italy, The Alps & Provence France & Barcelona, Sitges, and The Costa Brava of Spain – shooting fading ads and other ephemera. I’ve been posting from here sporadically in between a month’s worth of scheduled postings of Brooklyn, NYC & Queens. I’ve noticed an incredible amount of traffic on my site from Kevin Walsh’s Forgotten-NY and was surprised and honored to see the generous and heartfelt posting on his site about when we first met.

Ten years surely goes by quickly, yet it has been ten years filled with meaningful and formative collaborations. Kevin’s site continues to inspire and direct the course of urban archaeology. I’m grateful to have met him at the time I started the Fading Ad Campaign in 1997- knowing that I wasn’t the only crazy person interested in the documentation of urban ephemera and the passing of time.

Reckitt’s Blue – Ten Years Ago Today – Revisiting The NY Times Metro Section – Front & Second Pages – July 9, 1998

NY Times Metro Section - July 9, 1998

Saving Images of Dead Signs on Walls - by Randy Kennedy - Public Lives - NY Times July 9, 1998

Another chapter in my very public life. Transparency, transparency – are we ever really naked? [Sung to tune of “O Tannenbaum”]

Just in from Flatbush Pigeon – Peaks Mason Mints – Brooklyn Heights

Peaks Mason Mints - Flatbush Pigeon
© Flatbush Pigeon

Dear Mr. Hotshot,
I know you have amassed a huge collection of beautifully composed photographs of most (if not all) faded ads in Brooklyn and beyond. However, I can’t help being visually struck by these relics and instantly thinking of you. So, a hotshot like you probably already has snapped this one but if not, here ya go. (Taken somewhere around Fulton and Hicks).
Cheers,
Erin, The Pige

Thanks for thinking of me Erin!

Human Pair in Open Air Messy Living Room (Impeach Bush) – Red Hook, Brooklyn

Human Pair In Open Air Messy Living Room - Red Hook, Brooklyn

Human Pair In Open Air Messy Living Room - Red Hook, Brooklyn

Human Pair In Open Air Messy Living Room - Red Hook, Brooklyn

Human Pair In Open Air Messy Living Room - Red Hook, Brooklyn
© Frank H. Jump

Charles Meiselman – Worcester MA

Charles Meiselman & Sons - Worcester MA

Charles Meiselman & Sons - Worcester MA
© Frank H. Jump

Classic Advertecture – Towleroad

Classic Advertecture

Buy Norge Home Appliances – 911 Broadway – Bushwick, Brooklyn 2001

Buy Norge Home Appliances - Bushwick, Brooklyn NYC
© Frank H. Jump

Norges’ Famous Time-Line washer of the 50’s. It’s washing action was highest rated of all washers in the 1954 Consumer Reports Rating of Automatic Washers.¹

George’s Coney Island Hot Dogs – Worcester, MA

George's Coney Island Hot Dogs - Worcester, MA

George's Coney Island Hot Dogs - Worcester, MA

George's Coney Island Hot Dogs - Worcester, MA
© Frank H. Jump

A National Hot Dog Landmark!

George's Coney Island Hot Dogs - Worcester, MA
“The neon sign has all the makings of a great Roadfood joint.”
– Stephen Rushmore Jr.

George's Coney Island Hot Dogs - Worcester, MA George's Coney Island Hot Dogs - Worcester, MA
Check these two pages above as well!

Don’t miss another Coney Island food sign at:
Coney Island Texas Lunch, Scranton PA

Wes Carr Watches Fort Worth Fading – Owl Cigars, Coffee, Tea

Ft Worth Fading Ads, Wes Carr

Macey Sign Company – Worcester, MA

Macey Sign Company established 1910
© Frank H. Jump

After an Internet search, I found a phone number and address for Macey Sign Co. (38 Mason Street, Worcester, MA 01610), a family run business since 1910. The Cotter’s Leather Goods sign was one of the first they were commissioned to paint according to the owner.

Pintchik Paints – Rediscovering Jamaica, Jamaica Queens





© Frank H. Jump

Pintchik Paints and Mary’s Idle Hour Pizza. Check out Kevin Walsh’s Forgotten-NY Queens Fading Ads.

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