grey_wonderer (grey_wonderer) wrote in photo_scavenger,

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This is probably a HUGE cheat, but it's all I've got at the moment so I'm going with it!  Also, you will notice by the length of the post that I am
completely obsessed with this subject so feel free to skip the parts that are of no interest to you.

These are photographs of an old sign advertizing the services of a Tailor shop once located here where I live.  The sign was covered over for nearly 100 years and no one knew or remembered that it existed until the building which was covering it up, had to torn down.  As the other building was demolished, the sign gradually became visible after all those years in hiding.  The hotel, partly destroyed by fire, that was being demolished for public safety concerns, had been completed in 1918 and had concealed the sign until Jan. 2011.  As the workman took down the hotel, more and more of the sign came into view.

As to this post and the photos behind the cut having anything to do with the word, preserve, well, this is my take on it.

The old hotel did much to protect and preserve the paint of the Tailor shop sign.  Because the sign was concealed from view, it was also protected from the elements for all those years.  The sign, having been painted on the outside of the building, if left uncovered, would have long since faded away due to sunlight and rain and snow.  The presence of the hotel kept that from happening.

The photos behind the cut are also a form of preservation.  Sadly, due to an accident with the heavy machinery being used to knock down the hotel, the building on which the Tailor shop appeared, also had to torn down.  Photos like the ones that I took, are the only way to preserve the memory of the artist's work.

This first photo is of the old hotel.  As you can see, the top floor has been destroyed by fire.

This photo was taken while some of the hotel wall was still blocking the sign.  If you look closely under the "L"
in the word Tailor, you will see the drawing of a man.  He is the center point of the sign.

Here is the closest that we ever got to a full view of the sign.  The large hole next to the man is what
caused the building on which the sign was painted to be torn down also. This happened just a few
days after the sign had been uncovered.  So it was only viewable for a short time.

This is a close up of the painting of the man in the center of the sign.  Considering the age of the artwork
he is very well preserved.

Here is a closer look at the advertizements near the top of the sign.

When they uncovered this part on the sign near the side of the building, we concluded that the shop had been in the
basement.  I'm not certain that was the meaning, but there were wasn't anything else written by the pointing finger, so
I just assumed.

For me, this last detail was the most exciting part of all.  The artist signed his work and his signature was still there.
I have done some searches but I can't find any information on R. Bishop.  Maybe there isn't anything to find, but it
would be interesting to know if he painted other signs like this or just to know who he was.  Also unknown at this point,
is the name of the tailor shop.  There is a J.W. at the very top of the building and so it might have been J.W. Tailor Shop,
but it really doesn't say or if it did, that part of the sign did not survive so that is only a guess.  In the photo, the top of the
building appears to be shorter in the back and so it might have had the rest of the name on it, J.W. 'Something' Tailor Shop
and that part might have been lost while the other building was being removed.

Preserve: to keep alive or in existence; make lasting.  I hope that in some way, these photos preserve the art of R. Bishop
and the memory of the Tailor shop sign.

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