Day 29: OKC Wrap-up (the photos)
Since it’s absolutely pouring — thundering & lightening — I’ll consider it a blessing and catch up with my posts. So, instead of complaining about the weather, let me whine for a minute about some brainless sign installations.
First candidate: the Faucet Parts Center. There is just no way to get a clear shot of this one. I assume this was earlier on a pole by the road. Maybe road widening. And then moved here between these posts. Dammit! I’m big on faucet signs — for more see this page:
Next up. When Beverly’s moved, they were kind enough to bring along this incredible Chicken in the Rough sign (still animated) — but did they have to shove it in the window like this? I understand they probably weren’t allowed to display it outside (cities are funny like that — any plastic LED crap you want — but not neon fer godsakes). But couldn’t they have made it a solid sheet of glass — or put the damn sign somewhere else inside where you can actually photograph it & see it clearly? And if you want to experience the heartbreak of what the whole sign used to look like in its old location:
OK, now that I’ve vented. Here’s one of the most memorable stops of the day. I noticed this hawk (don’t know what kind) on top of a gas station canopy. He/she let me get fairly close. I wondered if maybe it was a female with chicks up there:
But after a couple of minutes, I realized he/she had some poor animal up there. Maybe a pigeon?
A fancy shape — but a cheap, disrespectful reuse. Not to say that maybe one day, if left in place, it might be done up better. Does anyone have a vintage-ish photo of what this sign once looked like?
OKC seems to have had a love affair with rocks for a while. Seemed to be all the rage to use them as building material — or as fill-in altering material. Here are a couple pretty skanky fill-in examples:
And this poor, magnificent Borden’s Dairy building that I shot the day before the rest of the photos in this post (ah, remember the sun?). Imagine how beautiful it was with windows instead:
A forlorn, former Fotomat (film developing drive-thru store for those of you too young to remember). The windows are broken. I don’t think anything good or bad will happen with this one any time soon. Not exactly an area being overrun with new development.
A car wash cutie:
This must have been another cute one. Does anybody know or have a photo of what this sign looked like before the cheap alteration?
A couple other former beauties:
An incredible Streamline Moderne building with that sign above which I’m not including here (you’ll have to check in the website later for that photo & thousands of others).
While this sign is not in use, it’s in perfect condition and has at least been painted an optimistic yellow. It’s really a work of art just like this!
A nice mix of eras here:
A couple of photos from cities west of OKC. This modern sign is in Mustang:
And this impressive grain elevator with great bulb signs front and back — in Yukon. I’m glad they haven’t slapped on the bit about Yukon being the hometown of Garth Brooks — which is mentioned everywhere else in town:
And since today is Easter…. sadly, this was the best I could come up with — a Quik Print rabbit sign in Oklahoma City:
And one more modern sign — from the Stockyards in OKC. You needed another cowboy sign, right?
With that, I’ll all caught up! OK pardners — I’m about to saddle up here in Edmond and head north. Get ‘er done. Whatever I can come up with in this miserable weather. Rain is still coming down still but skies a bit brighter & lightening has stopped Time to stall a bit — with a fried pie for breakfast. A lemon one just waiting in the pantry (dog crate).