Wednesday, May 23, 2007
I'm Seeing Ghosts
Going hand-in-hand with the fascination with decay, I love old ghost signs, remnants of long-forgotten businesses. It's that feeling that something is creeping through from the past, that not everything was quite quashed when the old companies went under. And they were obviously intended to be permanent. Newer businesses have crappy transitory plastic signs -- when these old signs were created, they were made by someone who intended them to last forever.
I started photographing them some years back, motivated by the awesome Forgotten NY site (which has a recent gallery of old signs up here). I've never put many up on the blog, for whatever reason -- partly, perhaps, because I haven't found that many in Atlanta -- and by the time I started this thing, I'd photographed most that I've seen. But I've got a pretty big collection scattered around, so I'll be putting them up from time to time (and hopefully, finding more in the city).
These today are all from a trip back to Denver (and one from Boulder) several years ago -- I was cannibalizing my old Angelfire site (circa 2001-02) to make sure that I still had all the photos up on it, and grabbed all these. Don't remember many details, so they're mostly presented without comment.
The above shot is the lone Boulder photo in the bunch -- and the only one I know much of anything about. It's on the side of what used to be the La Estrellita restaurant (my favorite Mexican joint back in the day), and has since been a Bermuda Triangle of short-lived restaurants, clubs, and pubs. It looks like two signs -- the older one being the studios of "D.L. Yocom," who was apparently a Boulder-area photographer long, long ago (late 19th century?). Not much material is available on the guy.
Anyone who has any ideas on Atlanta signs -- drop me a note.