Thursday, December 22, 2011

Smith Teas

This is a brand new sign but tastefully done in an old fashioned style. It's painted over another oldish sign, that for the "Rose City Classic Car Emp." on NW Thurman between 16th and 17th. That sign goes into the extinct pile but this is a fine example of a new sign done right.


Saturday, October 29, 2011


Two more Samtrak signs have surfaced in the rail yard area at SE Water Avenue and Caruthers Street, just across from OMSI.


Friday, October 28, 2011

West Bearing & Parts Update

The West Bearing & Parts building, and its cool old sign, were reduced to rubble in late June, 2011.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Padrow's Prescription Pharmacy

This painted pharmacy sign was recently uncovered on the window of the Wilshire Market & Deli on the corner of NE Alameda and Fremont Street. The building dates to 1923 and I wouldn't be surprised if the sign went back that far too. Incredibly, the sign is painted on the outside of the window.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Detroit Motor - Garage and Storage

Trollycar Barn

This terrific old artifact is on the east side of the old trollycar barn condominiums on the corner of NW 28th & Savier Street. You can see this from the Savier Street side. Thanks to Jane Joan for pointing this one out.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

King Omelets

Slowly fading in the elements is this King Omelets sign, not particularly old but interesting anyway. See it on NE Halsey at 107th.


Saturday, July 16, 2011


Holman's Restaurant, 1908

Holman's Restaurant, just steps north of SE 28th and Ankeny, sports this terrific old Coca-Cola sign. It's been left intact over the years and shows evidence of other advertising, including "Pharmacy" at the top.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Entrance North Side

Globe Hotel, 1911

Recent demolition of the old Oregon Mountain Community building on the corner of NW Naito Parkway and Couch unveiled this "Entrance North Side" sign on the 1911 Globe Hotel at NW 1st and Couch. The OMC building was constructed in 1967 so this sign probably pre-dates that, as this appears to be an outdoor sign. There's also a fragment of a sign that appears to have been cut into by the second-floor door and painted over with the green paint. Hard to tell what that might have once said.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Flying A Service

The Flying A Service sign on SE McLoughlin just north of Tacoma is visible again. For years it was covered by a sign for a hobby shop in the building but that shop is gone, along with their sign. The Flying A Service sign, nicely weathered after decades in the elements, is visible both north- and southbound.


Monday, April 4, 2011


This old sign looks like it may have once been a "Nolan Rexall Drug" sign. It was spotted December 2010 on the side of the Woodstock Wine & Deli shop at SE 40th and Woodstock.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Darby's Reducer Update

The "Darby's Reducer" ad at SE 6th and Hawthorne has been covered by a giant plastic banner. It has not been painted or pasted over, but its long term prospects are iffy. See the original sign here.


Monday, March 21, 2011

Ruby Mist Update 2

Here's a quick update on the completely covered Ruby Mist sign since we last saw it. Check out the original post here and an updated post partway through its coverup.