Reed Building, 1890
This isn't really an old advertising sign but it's rapidly disappeared, going from full quality, to ghost sign, to gone, in a matter of just months. I decided to include it here because it's an iconic portland mural. The top started coming down in early April 2008 and by early May it was chopped up and sandblasted almost to extinction.
Also known as the Skidmore Fountain Building and the Packer-Scott Building, the Reed Building was constructed by Simeon Reed as a wholesale warehouse. The building is undergoing a $25 million renovation as it becomes the new headquarters for Mercy Corps.
The mural was painted in 1990 by North Pacific Sign & Design. It featured Packy, born at the Oregon Zoo on April 14, 1962, becaming the first elephant born in the Western Hemisphere in 44 years.