Monday, November 10, 2008

Inspiration | Vintage Signage
When we were driving back from wine country in the Okanagan Valley yesterday we stopped in the quiet little village of Greenwood on our way back to Nelson. Most people just stop for a coffee at the Copper Eagle and keep going on their way west. We took a wander with our coffee and the camera and took a few pictures of some great hand painted store signage on the main street. There's not much going on in Greenwood these days - it used to be wealthy little silver mining town in the 1890s and there's not much left now. But the signs are GREAT!






Peterson's Grocery is all boarded up and I don't think anyone has been in there for a long time. I managed to catch a glimpse of some great old original store counters in a wonderful robin's egg blue with rusty old hinges and drawer pulls . . . boy I'd like to have those!  Everything's covered in a layer of dust and I betcha no ones been in there for years.

8 comments:

Brittany Noel said...

I love handpainted signs! It's an art that is not really appreciated anymore. Yet, people always remark on the beauty of old signage on the signs of buildings. Let's bring it back!

Cicada Studio said...

You totally captured the aura of the paled, pinky reds and the soft blues. Time has been kind to these signs!

Pigtown-Design said...

I love those store furnishings. They'd make a great kitchen or studio!

Julie said...

Wow - I can't believe those beautiful store counters & cabinets are just sitting around collecting dust. How's about I come up there and you and I go and bust 'em out of there? :-)

cartolina said...

Glad you like!

I have another story about this odd little ghost town tomorrow (I hope no one from Greenwood is reading this because they probably wouldn't appreciate me calling it a ghost town!)

Thanks for your comments
Fiona

cartolina said...

Glad you like!

I have another story about this odd little ghost town tomorrow (I hope no one from Greenwood is reading this because they probably wouldn't appreciate me calling it a ghost town!)

Thanks for your comments
Fiona

Brittany Noel said...

I know I'm commenting on this post half a year after I did before, but you were totally right: I love this signage! Still!

Anonymous said...

Many of those 'old' signs are the remnants of some set building a few years ago when 'Snow Falling on Cedars' was filmed in Greenwood.
I lived there for a few years and loved loved loved the place,actually it is Canada's smallest city. ( one of their claims to fame)
Next time through take the street behind main and check out the beautiful old post office...go inside and buy a stamp. City Hall is gorgeous, lots of nice old houses too.

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