Tuesday, December 16, 2008


While not old, vanishing, advertising signs, these signs from a current, ongoing Dewar's whiskey campaign remind us that hand-painted, old style ads can still be produced. I've found three in the Portland area; two downtown and one on SE Hawthorne. All photos taken in 2007.

West Burnside at SW 3rd:

SW 3rd and Ankeny, behind Dante's:

SE 49th and Hawthorne, at Mt. Tabor Legacy:

Thanks to Colossal Media for this video:

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Crown Mills

Centennial Mills Warehouse C, 1940

The Centennial Mills complex on NW Naito Parkway between the Broadway and Fremont Bridges was originally named Crown Mills, its primary product being Crown Flour. Construction on the complex started in 1910. Warehouse C, bearing our sign here, was the last major building constructed at the site, in 1940. The complex became Centennial Mills in 1955. The Portland Development Commission bought the site in 2000 as a step towards implementing its 1995 River District Plan.

There's not much of this sign left, especially on the water end. I got this photo through the Portland Mounted Police Unit paddock area. It will be visible from the riverfront walk once construction of the Waterfront Pearl condo project is completed.


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Unknown Update

Sometimes it seems like signs are disappearing faster than I can keep up with them. I never was able to establish what this old sign (originally posted here) said, but it's gone now, lost to redevelopment of the 411 NW Park Building.

November 2008:


Thursday, December 4, 2008

Fisher's Update


As with my previous Ruby Mist post, the reverse image Fisher's Flour sign has been covered by construction of the 12th and Washington project and is now gone forever.

September 2008:

March 2008:

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Ruby Mist Update

Whitney and Gray Building, 1919

As I speculated in my original Ruby Mist post, baring collapse of the new construction, these signs are gone forever, covered by construction of the 12th and Washington tower.

September 2008: