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Archive for May, 2010

Louisville, Kentucky Ghost Signs


On a recent trip to Louisville, Kentucky I spent a couple of hours walking along Main and Market streets looking for old signs. I’m not sure what draws me to old signs painted on brick walls but I sure do enjoy studying them. Like old abandoned buildings they make my mind wonder. Who painted them? Is the business still around? For that matter is the sign company still around? I do know enough about the sign industry to safely say, sign painters who created these old signs, like the signs themselves are a rarity.

This was one of my first trips with my new 22 megapixel Canon 5D Mark II so one of my goals was to shoot some panoramics to see how my trusty Macintosh tower was going to deal with stitching such large images. A few of these images are panoramics compiled from 12-16 vertical images. At full resolution one of them comes in at 820 megabyte! Those of you that are technically challenged… that’s huge! I could wallpaper a 70 foot hallway with 12 foot ceilings with this image. Not sure what I’m going to do with all those pixels, but man is it great to have them!

Here’s the entire gallery. Enjoy! (By the way, there’s some new signs as well)

Hudepohl Brewing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio


I’ve always had a passion for old beer advertising and brewing items. I guess it’s from my mom being an antique dealer for so many years and taking us along on our own family versions of “American Pickers”. I remember getting up very early one Saturday every month packing up and going to the Burlington, Kentucky antique show. It was way back then that I started my addition to old beer signs. Although my collection of brewery goodies is long gone, my fascination with Cincinnati’s brewing history still remains.

With it’s wave of German immigrants in the 1880s Cincinnati quickly became the brewing capital of world. The Hudepohl Brewing Company was established in 1885 by one such immigrant, Ludwig Hudepohl II. By the time prohibition hit, Hudepohl was one of the top 5 breweries in the city. Here’s a timeline of Cincinnati brewing history.

This Hudepohl facility was built in 1946 and operated until 1987 when the production was relocated to the Schoenling Brewing Company’s plant on Central Parkway in Cincinnati. In 2007 demolition of the building began but has since been halted for what reason I’m not sure.

I actually started this past Saturday morning with a trip to an abandoned military facility in Indiana in mind but decided I didn’t really feel up to  driving 2 hours with the possibility of not gaining access so decided instead to run over the the Hudepohl plant. I’m glad I did! This turned out to be one of my best abandoned explorations to date. I even met a couple of new friends that were there shooting, and it’s always nice to have someone with you in an old structure like this.

Here’s the entire gallery. Enjoy!