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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Part of the Sears building mural

There are a lot of murals in Astoria that are appreciated by the buildings' owners and have not been covered over as the mural on the TLC Credit Union was recently. I took this photo the other day of the back of the Sears building along the River Walk. The loading door you see here is not real - the real one is to the left, and there's a lot more of the mural to the left also. As in the TLC mural, the artist is Joanne (Jo) Lumpkin Brown, and I found Jo Brown's web site here. Follow the link to Murals & Signs, and you'll see the Sears building and other murals with before and after photos. Interestingly, the name painted on the building is not Sears, but Mason, Furman & Co., which I believe was an old business no longer operating in Astoria. There are a number of buildings around town that retain the old names in their historic guise. The details on this mural are fun, and I'll include more in later postings. The white van on the right belongs to the Wet Dog Cafe and Brewing Company, which starts where Sears ends. It's a popular locale for dining, snacking, and drinking indoors or outside with a view of the river, for bands, the Fisher Poets' Gathering, and other events.

This post is my submission for Scenic Sunday. Not only is it nice to look at this scene from an earlier era, but Jo is a scene painter, so the focus here is definitely on scenes of various types!

5 comments:

cieldequimper said...

It's a nice enough mural, but what I really like is the whole photo with the cars. It reminds me of good moments!

Lynette said...

Super shot, Sheryl. I love the attention you and your blog are getting at KKEE!

Jacob said...

I agree about old signs being left on old buildings. I like the mural, too. And I always enjoy your thoughtful and thorough commentary!

Small City Scenes said...

I like the mural too. I wonder why they are covering up the one on the Credit Union. Did you find out? Quite a few older towns up this way have murals in their historic district. I like it. One town, Sedro-Woolley, had larger than life size wood carvings on the corners. Loggers, cowboys, fishermen, wild animals etc. Really neat. MB

Don and Krise said...

Jo is one talented lady. I think most people like these murals and such. It just adds character to the area. Gives it a sense of history. Please, show us more.

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