Day 2: Ohio – check!
Hectic and hot (90s) today. But Sparkle is running fantastic and the A/C is keeping us icebox cool. A full day of sun!! The dogs got some romps in Lake Erie — and managed to find some dead fish. Luckily, only Grem actually rolled on the fish — and she spent enough time in the water afterwards that the smell is mostly gone.
I got through my Ohio list which puts me slightly ahead of schedule. Which I’m gonna need I think since I just glanced at the Illinois packet. Even without Chicago proper in this batch, it’s probably at least two days worth of stuff. Just a few stops in Indiana tomorrow and I’ll get to work. Landed late here in South Bend and it’s already 1am after dealing with emails and such. Glad I got a decent night’s sleep last night.
Let’s start with this Malley’s Chocolates sign in North Olmsted — looks like it was a “spinner”:
And on to Cleveland — this sign’s been recently restored — here’s a shot from 2009:
Now lots of protective plastic to protect the neon:
The Steve’s Lunch sign could use some re-habbing — though the neon still seems to be working:
So much to love here. Pink is an unusual color choice for an auto-related business, no?
I finally got to shoot the Whippy’s sign. Apparently, the artist’s intent was for the boy to point at the ice cream — but it sure looks like he’s flipping off potential customers:
A beautiful ghost sign in Oberlin. I have no idea what motel it advertised for originally:
Also in Oberlin — here’s a vintage view of this one when it was still on the pole and had more text:
and it looks like it was the Bee-Vin before that:
On to Sandusky — this trio is located at the Best Budget Inn:
In Toledo — I always passed on shooting this one because I thought it was probably modern. But now I’m not so sure — and the sign has grown on me. It’s triangulated (with three panels) so it’s visible from just everywhere:
And lastly, let’s pay tribute to Swan Cleaners in Port Clinton — and just as importantly — the business that kept the signs and facade (yup, that’s peachy vitrolite):
2 am — not bad! I’ll meet up with you tomorrow in Illinois. Night….