All around Cincinnati there are messages left for us from our predecessors. They are a glimpse of what used to be. Many have been painted over, forgotten, and lost. Yet, some still remain, reminding us that we were not the first.
Location: Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati looks a fascinating place. You’ve got a great focus on it there.
Thanks. It is a nice place.
Vintage and stunning 🙂 Bravo!
I love the notion with your first image (Barrs) of strumming a guitar while counting down the minutes until customers shoot something!
Yeah, I could see that. 😉
These are cool! We have some neat old buildings and signs in McKinney, TX. Hope they never knock them down.
Thanks Toni. 🙂 Take some shots of them.
Love your work, Seth.
Cool subject Seth.I saw a really nice one in New Orleans, I think they add character to the cities.
Yes I agree. I bet New Orleans has some good ones. Thanks Ardun.
I grew up in Bridgeport, Ct. It’s an industrial city that sported the same types of buildings your pictures display. They are probably all gone now, but I remember loving the look of them!
I’ve never been to Bridgeport. I’ll have to check it out.
I haven’t been back in 25 years..so I imagine that it’s changed quite a bit! At least, I hope so! Every election some new politician would promise renovations for the downtown area..and they never happened. Maybe, by now, they have. But, yeah, check it out.
By the way, Bridgeport is the home of P.T. Barnum, the great circus legend!
Awesome. Even more interesting.
Very nice work! I really love ghost signs and have tried for years to feature them in my watercolors. I don’t usually get the effect I’m after, but I certainly get lost in the textures and layers of color involved in trying to capture their look. I really enjoyed this, thanks!
Cool post. Always dug these in NYC. There was a massive faded one for an obsolete store right outside my office window in Murray Hill.
Wow sounds great. 🙂 Thanks Nick.
Wonderful. Nor the last….I love the history of buildings also–and wonder often who lived there before, what stories reside there in the “ethers”…..
Looks like my home state, Illinois. Same signs, same past! I loved your post. Love the nostalgia….
I love old advertising on buildings — makes me want to go back in time. These are great photos!
Me too. Thanks. 🙂
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More wonderful photographs (from Seth) of one of my fav cities, Cincinnati.
Thanks for the reblog an comments.
Again Seth – you’re welcome. Cinci is my backdoor. Jane
Nice work, as always. I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award… check it out!
That’s very kind of you. Thanks very much.
your photography highlights the old do it seems new again.
Thanks. 🙂 >>>
these are great photos Seth, these buildings ad such character to a city…I’m always intrigued by the narrow houses I see on my way through Cincinnati…..took a few photos as I went through the city on my way home…haven’t looked at them yet so I don’t know if any are worth using…
You should stop Heather and take a tour. 🙂 Now we have a downtown Casino right across the street from this area. You could have lots of fun. 🙂
you know we always say…we should take a couple of weeks extra(who has the couple of weeks extra)and tour around the different cities that catch our attention…it might even take longer than 2 weeks…but I do enjoy a few hours in a casino on occasion! the thing is the pull of the warmer weather is like a magnet and stopping for anything other than necessities becomes a delay… 🙂 …wouldn’t it be great to stop everywhere you saw a photo op…I’d love it…someday!
That would be awesome.
The signage has changed so much, in style and size. All pictures show, how buildings don’t tell us anything but signage does.
A wonderful collection of signs. I am glad you are recording them before they fade away completely.
Thanks Gallivanta. Some folks are restoring them. 🙂 Great idea.
Nice set – I love fading reminders of times long since past. They’re often overlooked but I find them fascinating.
Post …….nice idea seth 😉
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Shaun, that’s very kind of you. Thanks!
Thanks for accepting mate.
I love old buildings with signs still visible, they give a peak into history and have so much more character than the new ones.
Seth, expand this through other Ohio cities and you’ll have an excellent photo coffee table book. Wonderful Job indeed. Impressive . Impressive.
Thanks. Great idea.
Those old signs are always intriguing. Nicely done.
Thank you. 🙂 .. 🙂
I love ghost signs, they are contemporary witnesses, even if the history they saw isn’t gone since a long time.
so beautiful to see these traces of the lives of the building. fortunately buildings in Melbourne with these signs are now more respected and are being retained and in some cases revealed again when they are uncovered.
Awesome. Glad to hear. 🙂
I’ve been taking pics of some of these buildings so might collate and post something. I’m sure you’ll like them – some are very nostalgic with old Australian brands – very beautiful.
Nice. Love to see them.
Our downtown has been working on peeling away facades and restoring the paint on the sides of buildings. JUST this past weekend I was noticing some of the amazing signage…this post was just awesome, Seth! Beautiful work.
That’s great. Glad to hear they are preserving some of the history.
Love these! good work. It’s important to stop and notice the history behind a place. ❤
Agree. Thanks for the compliment. 🙂
These kind of finds in an old city are my favorite thing, like catching ghosts walking around. So glad you’ve captured a few of them!
I started working at a bicycle shop in Peoria Heights, Illinois, in 1981. Down the street, on the other side of the railroad tracks, was a two-story building with the letters R-O-U-S-E H-A-Z-A-R-D spread across the upper portion of the facade. Rouse, Hazard & Co. built the structure to make bicycles in the late 1890s. Today, the repainted building is mute, but I still think about those letters and what they represented.
Nice. Thanks for sharing.
This is fascinating 🙂 It is like being in a time capsule!
Have a nice day, mon ami.
Thanks Barb. you too.
I love your photography… 😀
I love history – and these snapshots from the past are just wonderful – thanks for sharing!
I love when i spot a old sign! Great set in finding hidden gems!
I bet you have some good ones there.