Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Dairy Cooperative Association

I haven't been able to find out much about this building. It was most recently owned and occupied by Land O'Lakes Purina Feed but the property is for sale now. You can see this building crossing the Ross Island bridge eastbound, or stop for a better view at SE 8th at Woodward.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Ingersoll Rand Equipment Co.

Taylor Electric Supply, 1936

This building was the home of Taylor Electric Supply Co. until a devastating fire in 2006. Luckily for us, that fire burned off enough white paint to uncover the old "INGERSOLL RAND EQUIPMENT CO." sign and logo underneath. You can see what remains from SE 2nd between Clay and Market.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Shleifer Furniture Co.

Shleifer Furniture Co., 1906

Like my previous post, this "SHLEIFER FURNITURE CO." sign on the back of their Second Empire Baroque building at SE Grand and Stark may be a well-kept older sign, or it may be fairly new, but it still looks nice, fitting well with the building and the neighborhood. You can see it from the building's backside at SE MLK and Stark.


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Shleifer Furniture Co.

Shleifer Furniture Building, 1936

I don't know the original age of this "SHLEIFER FURNITURE CO." sign but it's been maintained in the old style and looks nice. Nice justaposition with the rusty old metal sign too. They're both appropriate to the building and the surroundings. They've somehow stayed ahead of the taggers by the looks of the top edge too.

This building is on SE 2nd between Ash and Pine.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Truck Driveway!

Jacob & Gile Building, 1920

Just below the "JACOB & GILE" sign on my previous post is another classic. You have to look closely down near the ground to see:


I especially like the stylized "anytime" and exclamation point. Good stuff. SE Water Ave. between Main and Salmon.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Jacobs & Gile

Jacobs & Gile Building, 1920

This is an excellent old ghost sign; classic style, nicely weathered, still intact and readable.


Now on the south wall of the Pratt & Larson Tile building on SE Water Ave. between Main and Salmon.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Louie Louie

Northwestern Studios, 1916

This is a not the kind of advertising sign I'm normally looking for but I thought I'd highlight this missing sign (or plaque), if for no other reason than its impact on popular culture. This building housed the Northwestern Studios in 1963 when The Kingsmen recorded perhaps the best-known version of "Louie Louie" here.

The first photo below shows some vertical white stripes surrounded by four holes. At one time there was a brass plaque here, noting that this was the recording site. It was stolen long ago, leaving nothing but some glue and holes. Soon the whole thing will be gone; the site will be demolished to make way for the new Weave Building. The "ENTRANCE ON 14th STREET" sign, partially visible in the upper-left of the lower photo, will disappear forever too.

See it while you can at SW 13th and West Burnside.


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Avery & Co. Hardware Update

Trivet Towers, 1902

I had commented on my original post that it looks like the building owner was concerned with preserving this fine old sign. Instead, it appears it was being prepared for what Pete Vogel calls the "brutal abomination" of a vinyl poster stuck atop the old sign. What a terrible loss; this was a great sight to see dead ahead of you coming down SW 3rd from Burnside. Thanks to Pete for reminding me to get a photo of this.



Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Gladding, McBean & Co.

Gladding, McBean & Co. Warehouse, 1912

Gladding, McBean began manufacturing clay sewer pipe in California in 1875. Sometime in the early 20th Century they used this warehouse at 79 SE Taylor, the same building as my last post. Walk around to the building's east side and you can see this, as well as another old sign extending the width of the building just below the Gladding, McBean sign. I can make out "PORTLAND WAREHOUSE" but the rest is lost to decay.