Ad Art on Buildings

Over the past year, I have been taking photos of what I call Ad Art on buildings. You’ve seen it all over the place, but maybe haven’t thought much about it. Well, we’re going to make a poster of some of the more prominent ad art, old and new.  There are so many cool ones, such as this one from the old Addis store:

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These remnants of painted ladies are beneath the ad, near street level:

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Higher up and at 3rd story window level, you see this:

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There are faded out ones you can’t make out anymore:
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And there are ones that have been repainted (love them!!)
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But the one that has people buzzing these days (can it be preserved? can it be registered so it can be preserved?) is this one I just took a photo of last night:
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Check out the Ad Art on buildings around where you live. You’ll be surprised at how much there is, old and new!

Happy Ending!

I still take quite a few photos when the mood strikes, and I upload them to Flickr, but that’s about it.  So I figured it’s about time to write a post, before the end of 2011, so I can start with a clean slate.  Let’s see, since Letchworth with Mom, I’ve captured photos of the old John Deere / Case Supply building in Syracuse, now being converted to our local PBS station, WCNY.

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(I didn’t take this photo, I would have centered it better, hee hee)

A couple of months later, I was told to get my hiney back there, because they tore out the middle section of the complex:

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And on the northwest side, they found an interesting structure in the middle of another portion they tore down. Safes are inside of this little structure. The safe on the top floor will be opened and displayed.

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I documented via photos and web (not done with the web yet) the Octagon Schoolhouse Cemetery, and filed for an historic marker, since this cemetery has NO marker or sign, at all.

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I’ll find out next year if the marker is approved.

My apartment was full of ghoulish things for Halloween (not mine), but I do like the lights in the window.

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I try to capture the full moon on December 10 over Irondequoit Bay.

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There are some funky clouds in this one:
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I try to go for a ride in the snow at the New York Museum of Transportation, but alas, no snow:

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This was our engineer:
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After the snowless trolley ride, I checked out the museum, and the buses outside. How about this old greyhound bus?
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Next I learned that East Rochester used to be called Despatch, and yes, it was a big railroad town. I have rare film footage of a factory there that built railroad cars. Cool beans! This is the railroad side of Despatch Junction:
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Here’s part of the old factory where they built the RR cars:
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I think the side of this building says “Merchants Despatch”
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And we had a great time at Aunt Avie’s and Uncle Jerry’s home for Thanksgiving this year. Here I am holding my cousin’s new baby girl. Don’t you love the way my cousin looks at his daughter?
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And then there’s Christmas. I haven’t downloaded the photos yet, but the old apartment windows are highly decorated with icicle and other lights and dripping with fake snow, since there’s no real snow. Yet!

House on Top of Penfield Bldg.

See the house on top of the Penfield Bldg in this photo?

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It has been the subject of more conversations than I would care to know. Was it built for tax purposes? Was it built to house the elevator? Was it. . .? Well, a patron of OHA came in on Saturday and told me that he met with a grandson of H.A. Moyer, who built the Penfield building to house the H.A. Moyer Carriage factory. H.A. Moyer’s son-in-law, famous Ward Wellington Ward, designed this building for him.

The patron just happened to ask me if I knew why the house was on top of this building. I told him my Dad worked there when it was Porter-Cable and he told me the elevator was housed in it. He proceeded to tell me the top of this building was used as a watch tower for the salt vats. When the weather was about to turn, the watchman would sound an alarm and the salt workers would cover the salt evaporation vats.  He proceeded to tell me there was quite  a bit of wood available to the watchman from the carriage factory, so they built this house.  The house is three stories tall, but hollow on the inside.  I don’t know if any of this is true (I haven’t verified it), but it sounds like a good explanation to me!

Syracuse City Hall Bells

After reading Dick Case’s article that the bells were going to chime in time for Christmas at Syracuse’s City Hall, I’ve been waiting to hear them. Yesterday, I made a point of going out at noon to capture them on video. You may remember my blog post about church bells on Montgomery Street. So what you’ll hear in the background (and the end of the video it shows St. Paul’s Episcopal Church) are these two churches. Syracuse City Hall is north of the churches and the OHA on Montgomery Street.  The snow that we got last week (45.1″) was melting (thankfully) over the weekend!  Enjoy!

Syracuse City Hall’s bells

Boy’s Club in Syracuse

While busy taking some photos of something else a couple of weeks ago, I stopped the car quick as I saw this old building encased on the side and top with newer construction:
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Hmm, the S&W Building, never heard of it.  So of course, I had to look it up.  It ended up being the old Boy’s Club in Syracuse from 1923 to 1983, when it became an office building. Stearns & Wheeler bought and renamed the building to the S&W Building in 2001.

Here’s a photo of the building under construction in 1923:
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Photo courtesy of the Onondaga Historical Association

Another old photo:
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Photo courtesy of the Onondaga Historical Association

This makes me wonder what happened to the Boy’s Club.  I mean, if it was meant to keep boys off the streets and busy back then, I would think it would be a very good thing to have now.  Probably a money thing.

First Week in August

I’ve never really been a big fan of August.  Too many family members have died in August. And the minute it hits, my eyes start itching, the air feels yucky, and the worst part is, I didn’t know how cold it was to swim in the evening in August.   I thought September would be the month I wouldn’t be able to swim anymore, who knew August was it?  Unless it really warms up.  So now I have to find another form of exercise.  But I love swimming so much – wah!  And swimming in the pool at the Y is just *not* going to be the same.  Which reminds me, I need to go to Dicks and get a swim cap and goggles so the chlorine doesn’t kill my eyes and hair.

Anyway, we went up to Sylvan Beach for the car show again, and it is getting boring because we’re seeing the same cars every week, so we’ll give it a rest this week, unless Oneida Lake is still very warm and I need to go swimming there.

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This is a sweet Ford Fairlane that we haven’t seen before.

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Don’t you love the simplicity and largeness of the interior, and that bench seat, good for smooching at the drive-in.

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Love the T-Bird insignia on the sweet, light blue T-Bird I showed you last week.

Afterwards, we went looking for the old bathhouse that was converted into something that we had to figure out, and we finally found it!

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The bathhouse was cut in two and made into the Laff House. So of course we had to take the ride, and laughed our butts off because it was so hokey. But as a kid, I’m sure it’s scary as all get out. Or not.

I don’t care, I love the amusement park:
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It reminds me of Suburban Park in Manlius, where my Mom used to take us every summer until it was closed.

We saw the tugboat Urger which I guess is an educational tugboat.
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I wonder what those horns sound like. Nobody was around to “educate” us! But I guess it used to be a steam-powered tug in it’s day.

The tug was sitting in the canal:
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Saw a big, puffy cloud:
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And blazing, hot, sunset:
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Saturday evening we tried to go swimming and froze our buns off – well not froze, but I was shivering even though I was moving. So Sunday we went to the Polish Festival, got sauerkraut and potato pierogies (yummy!), and ate them at the Inner Harbor,

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where we saw a dredge:
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And behind where we sat to eat are these things in the cement:
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An apple,  LaFayette, where I grew up, is known as apple country

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The Weighlock Building in downtown Syracuse.

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Canal Boat

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Salt Evaporation Vats; Syracuse was known as “The Salt City.”

One of the few buildings for boat repair still stands here:
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I took a much needed nap on my new sleeping bag (nice and comfy) and when I woke up, the sky looked like this:
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And this week, I have to get the camera batteries all charged up, cuz we’re going someplace I’ve never been to before!! I’m so excited!

Barn and Silo

As I was driving along Lake Rd. yesterday, I looked over just in time to see this barn and silo.  And driving with camera in hand, I was able to capture it.  Excuse the dirty car window.  I don’t like washing my car when it’s sub-zero out.

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Barn and silo from Lake Rd.

Samuel Forman’s 1812 Home

This is one cool old home, built in 1812 by Samuel Forman, located on Seneca Turnpike in Syracuse:

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It is across the street from Bill’s Inn Fish Fry, where my Dad used to buy fish for us when we were kids, because it was his favorite fish fry. I’ll talk about Bill’s Inn another day. But for now I’ll say, on Saturday night after work, we go there and eat, and I sit facing the old Samuel Forman home across the street. Just because it is one cool, old home:

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Hmmm, I wonder if we could take a field trip to this home. I’m going to have to find out. Because the floor plans at the Library of Congress website sure make it look very interesting on the inside.  And I’d like to see what’s behind that oval window.

Church Bells

One of the things I really enjoy about working in the location where I do are the church bells.  I *love* *Love* *LOVE* clocks with pendulums that chime.  And I love church bells.  I don’t take these church bells for granted, at all.

South of where I work is the Church of the Immaculate Conception which starts out with the Winchester Chimes in a nice slow pattern.

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Church of the Immaculate Conception on the left.

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Interior. This postcard doesn’t do it justice. It’s absolutely beautiful on the inside.

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Church Entrance doors.

North of where I work is St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with its fast bell.

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St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

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Yesterday I took a video (I started out holding the camera wrong) with the camera looking south towards the Church of the Immaculate Conception.  And then St. Paul’s starts, and I whiz the camera up north, then it finishes and we go back to the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

Along with the church bells,  I love hearing all of the birdies in the background.

Still Redecorating!

Wow, okay, I can’t believe I haven’t blogged in so long.  And I can’t believe we haven’t finished decorating yet, but we squeeze it in when we can. So here’s the area where the Christmas tree was.

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Scott found a dead tree and we decorated it with birds and berries. We’ll be adding his toboggan this week. And another old fashioned lamp, like the one in this photo:

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Most of the pieces of the outfit on the mannequin Scott got this week from an older couple who had these clothes in their basement from their ancestors. The skirt is so silky, and the burgundy and black tops are velvety. Imagine having clothes from your ancestors. Our family gives all clothes away when someone passes away.  I actually just have one shirt from my Dad because I just had to have it.

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We had some problem with this woman’s boobs. They were too big for the tops, so we had to add a contemporary but old-fashioned looking blouse.

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The slip is peeking out at the hem. I should have taken photos of us when we were assembling this to show you all of the crap that is underneath this skirt – ouch! Maybe when we disassemble it. Anyway, it required our four hands to just make it come together!

This is one set of bookcases decorated with skaters on the Erie Canal:
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to simulate the real skaters that used to skate on the Erie Canal:
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Photo courtesy of Onondaga Historical Association

I realize I should take close-ups, but I was taking photos in-between dealing with a bunch of excited young girls.  Some of the buildings will be lit up hopefully by the time I go back to work!  Stay tuned for more!  We have Black History Month and Valentine’s Day decorations we’re working on.  Imagine, before I got there, at this time of year these areas were all. . . blank and boring.

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