08 - Local Signs


Local Signs

We’ll start on the back wall, with the illuminated signs. this wall is our homage to Cincinnati, these are all local Cincinnati signs. Wagon Wheel, Budna, and Habig’s were all West Side institutions in their day. Suder's art store is still up and running on Vine Street, in Over-The-Rhine today.  And underneath that is a Chevrolet sign from the very first Chevrolet dealership here in Cincinnati. All the way down at the far end is a Cassano's Pizza King sign, which will be immediately recognizable to anybody in and around the Dayton area. However this sign was actually from Finneytown, just right here in Cincinnati.

Next to that is the giant blinking a Pops sign. This is from the Cincinnati pops Orchestra, a very prestigious musical organization here in town. This sign company them at all of their performances for nearly 50 years before they retired it back in 2013.

And then along the front wall is the iconic Mail Pouch Tobacco Barn wall.   This is the actual side of a barn that had the actual advertisement actually painted onto it. The museum was able to recover This Barn right before it was set to be destroyed. Now Mail Pouche had a heck of deal for anybody who had a qualifying Barn, they would paint your entire barn, all four sides of it, for free, every couple of years, in exchange for putting their advertisement up on the side of the barn that faced the road. They did this in the late 1800s all the way up until the last Barn painter passed away in 1991.

And then finally we have these see beautiful Rock City Barn Wall.  Rock city is a great little twist. Just outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   But they advertised themselves all over Tennessee and the surrounding states. In fact we found this sign just outside of Bardstown, Kentucky, which put it nearly 400 miles away from the actual attraction it was advertising.  Which was a very common trope in the 1950s and '60s as some people may be familiar with Walls Drugs, or see Ruby Falls, or Mammoth Caves.