What’s a wall for in Melbourne, Australia? Structural support of the building that it is attached to? Decorative element? An item that surrounds a garden?
How about advertising — both old and new?
Whilst out and about in Balaclava today, the next neighbourhood over from us by a mere few blocks, I saw both new and old advertising on the walls of buildings. Some of the truly old adverts were like ghostly presences against masonry walls that told the tale of what had once dwelt within. Here are some samples. Enjoy!
Historic advertising on an old wall in the Melbourne, Australia neighbourhood of Balaclava
Historic advertising on the upper wall of an old building in the Melbourne, Australia neighbourhood of Balaclava
Newer advertising painted on the passageway wall of a cafe in the Melbourne, Australia neighbourhood of Balaclava
Directly in the block across the street from the old Union Station in Tacoma is the Renaissance Cafe. We had some hearty salads there and this cartoon graphic was on the wall behind my son Chris. I thought I should share it. Isn’t it nice to go someplace for lunch that does NOT have wifi and people are actually eating and talking amongst themselves?
Cartoon graphic from the Renaissance Cafe in Tacoma, Washington
P.S. I am posting this from Vancouver, Canada. We are here for a mere 24 hour visit, are hoping that the good weather holds out, and we’ll be winging our way to Australia tomorrow night. If my posts are a little thin for the upcoming days, it’s because I am recovering from jet lag in Sydney!
The Garage Of Beers is the literal translation of this sign for an auto garage in St. Girons in the Midi-Pyrenees of southern France. There are several auto parts, tire dealers, or garages in a one block area and this is one of them.
Funny advertising sign in France stating that 'The Garage Has Beers'
OK??? Not so sure about what goes on behind those garage doors with the two bears drinking beers with a Midi-Pyrenees snow-capped mountain in the background — but it did make me stop, look, and laugh!
Here’s a blast from the past with some vintage advertising.
For those of you of a certain age (ahem!), do you remember those tiny transistor radios that we used to take to the beach or the pool?
This charming old Coca Cola advertisement is on the window of a now-closed cafe at Utah Beach, one of the sites of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France. The Utah Beach Museum is across the street from the out-of-business cafe and apparently both of them originally opened in the 1960s.
I just couldn’t miss the opportunity to have a flashback moment.
Vintage Coca Cola advertising in the window of a now-closed French cafe