By Ronald Ladouceur
1: Day Motor Co.
Along N. Salina Street and its surrounding blocks in Syracuse, New York, there are close to one dozen classic ghost signs. Community supporters have “restored” a few. In the case of Day Motor Co., my first of five favorites, the decision to repaint only one of two near-identical brick faces gives us the opportunity to see both simultaneously, helping us, perhaps, mentally repaint and better appreciate other faded examples.
2: Fay’s Drug and E&W Collars
But what would be the effect of repainting the spectacular double ghost in Auburn, New York? Should we restore only the older E&W Linen Collars and Cuffs (circa 1900), one of the companies that gave Troy, New York its nickname of “The Collar City”, or the newer Fay’s Drug (circa 1970), a Syracuse-based chain that sold out to JCPenny in 1986? And would any restoration, no matter how true to the originals, serve as a better backdrop to the marvelous diner that now stands in front?
To read the rest of this article, members are invited to log in. Not a member? We invite you to join. This article originally appeared inSCA Road Notes, Fall 2018, Vol. 27, No. 3. SCA Road Notes, informally known as SCA News, is a quarterly publication and a member benefit of the Society for Commercial Archeology. Back issues are available for download.
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