A sign of other times


This sign  and its terminology have fallen to disuse. The old sign, on Arkansas Highway 5 near Hot Springs AR, however, at the height of its glory was the amalgamation of some specialized artistic and mechanical skill sets hard to find today. The original story on this sign started on the Corndancer dot com Photo of the Week page. Click here to go there (a very cool thing to do) and see another picture of the sign and a short treatise on how these signs came to be.

The sign reads, "Colonial Nursing Home for Aged and Invalids." The sign has outlasted the nursing home.

The sign reads, "Colonial Nursing Home for Aged and Invalids." The sign has outlasted the nursing home, which is nowhere in sight.

Earlier on the trip, I encountered this barn on Arkansas Highway 5 south of Benton AR, a familiar landmark to local commuters. There are several other equally interesting barns on this picturesque stretch of road.

Barn on Arkansas Highway 5, south of Benton AR

Barn on Arkansas Highway 5, south of Benton AR

An hour or so later, driving west on Arkansas Highway 298, I saw this old barn. Next to it was a nice two-story home. Most residents with barns such as this on their property consider them to be outdoor museum pieces and simply “leave them be.”

Barn on Arkansas HIghway 298 West of Hot Springs Village AR.

Barn on Arkansas HIghway 298 West of Hot Springs Village AR.

Not too much further down Highway 298  I found this old residence, now relegated as a decorative part of a pasture. It reminded me of a pasture softball game when I was a child. Everything was going fine until my neighbor friend, Billy Jameson slid into what he thought was third base. The game broke up shortly after that untoward and unfortunate slide. Billy was a key player and keeping him downwind was not working well with our game strategy.

The dark object in the lower right hand side of the image is not third base.

The dark object in the lower right hand side of the image is not third base.

My apologies for the brevity of the story this week.

Thanks for dropping by,

Joe

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4 Responses

  1. There a lot going on in that sign. The two that strike me are the use of “aged and invalids” – words from days gone by – and the fact that it’ still standing. Well done on Corndancer!

    By the way, do know about the American Sign Museum? http://www.signmuseum.net/

    As I travel through the rural portions of Ohio and its surrounding states, I see many old barns. I’ve often wondered why they were still standing, but never thought about your suggestion, which makes sense.

    … and you still haven’t forgiven Billy for breaking up the game. ha ha …

    Well done.

  2. Frank, thanks for the look and comment. Huge thanks for the link to the sign museum.
    Joe

  3. I’ve been to the museum … interesting. The oddity is that it’s in a building housing art studios and I was attending one of their events …. then also visited the signs. Pleasant surprise.

    Here’s a story about it.
    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/13338

  4. Frank, you are a wellspring of information.
    Joe

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