In the olden days (say 1850 - 1930s), there weren't billboards or yellow pages. So many of the signs were painted right on old buildings. Because buildings were built next to each other, then pulled down and often the old advertising was later shown.
Anyway, this was very interesting. Here are some pictures here.
|Sign for Bazar Francais - kind of an old Bed, Bath & Beyond|
|The front of the same storefront|
|Mrs. Wever's Milliney Store. It was here in the 1920s before moving uptown.|
|One of the oldest signs in the city, off 19th and 8th.|