There are still a few old buildings in our downtown sector that have some “heritage” character. I had been waiting for an overcast day to snap some pics. (Unfortunately, it was also very wind chilly.) I grabbed my camera but put my cheaper lens on it. This building is in a sketchy area and if I got rolled for my camera, at least they wouldn’t get my beautiful new lens.
This building is currently standing alone, but I think both parking lots on either side used to have buildings on them. The slogan is “everybody smokes Old Chum tobacco” – you can see another vintage sign here.
I like the gritty feel to the black and white print. When taking the photos I could see that there was something painted underneath.
I could make out an S, some other letters. I googled a little bit and found a great set of pics on a blog here that shows what this painted sign underneath must have looked like. It’s for Sweet Caporal cigarettes and the slogan was “smoke Sweet Caporal cigarettes”. You can make it out underneath if you know what to look for.
This painted ad was high up on the building and I think there was a single-storey building abutting this one, so that’s why the advertising was up high.
Both signs have J. H. Pollock listed (phone 567!) so I am curious if that was his building and he housed the billiard parlour and smoke shop there?
but this must be the sign painter’s company. Thomas G-something.
More photos in the set on flickr.