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Fort Collins, Colorado

efforts are underway to conserve and restore some of the so-called ‘ghost signs’ still visible around the city, old advertisements for businesses and products painted directly on brick walls

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janescottcumming05-Oct-2011 12:47
The old with the new. Wonderful that the nicely painted horse is pointing out that great old advertising on the bricks. V
shatterbug05-Oct-2011 08:09
I love these old signs...great find, and a nice use of the horse to point us to the sign!
veraferia05-Oct-2011 05:46
Flowers and a colorful horse embellish the scenery. Excellent composition!
Raymond Ma05-Oct-2011 05:35
I like the contrasting old sign of the times vs. the new sign of the times...
the wildly painted horse. V
Cindi Smith05-Oct-2011 02:48
Love those horses and love how the sign is still on the wall. We have a lot of those in Fort Worth. Makes me feel at home. :) V
teachpeace05-Oct-2011 02:21
A story telling image from your personal pov. V
Lamar Nix05-Oct-2011 01:42
The old, faded sign on the end of the brick building steals the show to the chagrin of the colored horse! V
Chris Spracklen04-Oct-2011 23:12
Sounds like a good idea, David.
Love the composition here, with the very modern dancing horse providing a colourful foreground to this fading sign of yesteryear. V
tinkerb04-Oct-2011 21:34
Great capture - the way the horse has raised its front leg it looks like he is about to start / impart some of his own colour!
Mairéad04-Oct-2011 21:00
Very interesting piece of history and I like how the sculpture appears to be pointing towards the sign.
Doug Cruden04-Oct-2011 20:10
Good capture David - I wish I'd thought of photographing these old signs this many years ago, but alas I didn't and now many of them have gone forever...
Dan Greenberg04-Oct-2011 20:05
Very cool shot, David! I haven't been in the old town part of Ft. Collins for a while, but your image reminds me how much I need to get up there and check it out. ~V~
silvia marmori04-Oct-2011 19:34
indeed that sculpture contrasts with those ghost signals...
both sides of the coin, melancholy and joy.... so much attractive, David..
bill friedlander04-Oct-2011 19:21
Quite a difference between the staid sign and flamboyant horse. Good eye and nicely presented. V
John Reynolds LRPS04-Oct-2011 19:15
Great shot - those old signs looked good.
John Lamb04-Oct-2011 18:59
Joni Mitchell nailed it in Big Yellow Taxi....

They paved paradise and put up a parkin' lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique, and a swingin' hot spot
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you got till it's gone
They paved paradise and put up a parkin' lot
Guest 04-Oct-2011 18:54
I guess there is nostalgia for this kind of history. I am more intrigued by the rearing horse all decked out in fanciful patterns of color, with his tail serving as ballast.
What was the artist thinking?
Blandine Mangin04-Oct-2011 18:29
very lovely ! v
Colin Storey04-Oct-2011 18:11
Great to see these being restored, wonderful and colourful image with very nice light and shadow. v
marie-jose wolff04-Oct-2011 18:01
I like those old signs and also the colorful statue! V
Gerard Koehl04-Oct-2011 17:51
Magnifique scène avec cette belle statue. V
Aud Elise Sjøsæther04-Oct-2011 16:49
These old signs are so beautiful...good to know that they will be conserved! Very nice contrast with the colorful horse. V
Paco López04-Oct-2011 16:00
Fantastic find and shot! V!
Walter Otto Koenig04-Oct-2011 15:10
Fascinating contrast between the vibrant statue and faded sign. Nice with the two walking figures and sharp and clear throughout. "V"
Jim Coffman04-Oct-2011 15:08
Very nice capture,David! There aren't many of these old signs left around the country. V
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