Chinese Food Around Corner

Two generations of advertisements in downtown Boston

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Ghost Signs Around Town

Place Jacques Cartier Bienville and Berri, Plateau Mont-Royal Ste. Catherine and Stanley

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Il fait beau dans l’métro

[youtube]DcC31r1BxBY[/youtube] (I first posted about Il fait beau dans l’métro last April. Today, an article was published with a more in-depth look at the advertisement.) A troupe of exuberant dancers isn’t what most commuters expect when they descend into the métro. But there they were, in Il fait beau dans l’métro, an iconic 1976 television […]

A Ghost Appears, But Not For Long

In a city with as many layers of history as Montreal, the demolition of a building usually entails the relevation of something else, like a ghost ad. I’ve written before about these old painted advertisements faded by time and the elements; they can be found in cities and towns right across North America and Europe, […]

“When I’m in Milwaukee…”

[youtube]3kCvvjzMxeo[/youtube] When I think of George Takei, I think about a couple of his two most famous roles: that of Hikaru Sulu, the helmsman of Star Trek‘s USS Enterprise, and that of gay rights and Asian-American activist. Spokesperson for Milwaukee public transit does not necessarily come to mind. But, sure enough, after my last post […]

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Il fait beau dans l’métro!

[youtube]rn6mmGUHE9M[/youtube] Watching these old advertisements—one from the 1980s for the Paris metro and another from the 1970s for the Montreal metro—leave me with mixed feelings. My initial reaction is to ridicule them for their kitschiness (or kétainerie, as one might say here in Quebec) but, at the same time, I feel a slight pang of […]

Metatourism in Alexandria

I stumbled upon these unloved old tourism paintings on a neglected building in the back streets of Alexandria, Egypt. Somehow they fed my enthusiasm about Egypt, yet newer promotional material would have had the opposite effect. How long does it take for marketing to become heritage?

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This City is Haunted

It took me by surprise one morning, several months ago, looming four stories above the corner of Park and Bernard. An old advertisement, painted on the brick wall of an apartment building, had seemingly appeared overnight. The faint outline of words – a company name and an advertising slogan – were there, albeit barely legible. […]