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Fading Ads of Birmingham by Charles Buchanan


The fading advertisements on the walls of Birmingham's buildings paint an illuminating picture of the men and women who built an industrial boomtown in the first half of the twentieth century. Advertising expert, artist and writer Charles Buchanan unravels the mysteries behind Birmingham's ghost signs to reveal glimpses of the past now hidden in plain sight. Featuring stunning color photography by Birmingham native Jonathan Purvis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609494834
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 11/20/2012
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 1,277,268
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


An Alabama native, Charles Buchanan is a magazine editor at a university in Birmingham. He is also an artist who creates block prints inspired by the architecture, iconography, and natural beauty of Birmingham. His work has been featured on HGTV and on Alabama's tourism web site.

Table of Contents

Foreword Tim Hollis 7

Acknowledgements 9

Author's Note 11

An Illustrated History 13

Advertising Ages 17

Walldog Days 23

Fading Out and Fading In? 29

Morris Avenue 33

Grocery Stores 45

Food 51

Retail 59

Industry 75

The Automotive District 81

Services 89

Entertainment 101

Places to Stay 111

Beverages 117

National Brands 137

Bibliography 155

About the Author 167

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