Thursday, September 13, 2012

13 September 2012, Day 100

I am not a disciplined person. I am more inclined towards an ever-changing kaleidoscope of enthusiasms than to anything resembling the long-haul. So it is with great pride and pleasure that i greet you on this, my little blog's 100th day of existence. I secretly doubted that it would last this long. In honor of the occasion, i am indulging myself in one of my favorite obsessions (at least at the moment): ghost signs, those ephemeral vestiges of old advertisements and building identifiers that slowly disappear from view or are suddenly revealed when an adjacent building is demolished. All but the first of these pictures were taken from the platform at the Granville stop on the Red Line.

"The Nautilus." Rear of apartment building on the 6100 block of N. Winthrop Street
Rear of 6161 N. Broadway St. from the Granville platform of the Red Line.

"Fire-proof warehouse." 6100 block of N. Broadway St. The top two floors were added when this former storage facility was converted to residential space.
South wall of the same building seen in the previous picture
Apartment building at 6230 N. Winthrop Street
This final picture may not be a ghost sign, but it could perhaps be called a ghost building, the last vestiges of which are on the verge of disappearing. The last time i passed there was a building here, but i honestly could not remember what it was, even though i've passed it countless times. After consulting Google (which i've begun to think of as my surrogate memory), i now recall the nondescript strip of shops (including a Payless and a Walgreen's) that used to stand here. Yawn. Toodle loo! I hope it will be replaced with something more interesting. 

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