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Western outfitter, Portland, Oregon, 2009

The vintage brick arch on the background building frames the neon sign of a western outfitter in downtown Portland. I walked entirely around this store, which covers a city block, to find the right vantage point. From this angle, the light was at my back, and the curve of the brick arch offered a period background echo for the curving horses neck in this venerable sign, which probably has been in place since the 1930s.

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Carol E Sandgren05-Jul-2009 20:12
I'm always drawn to the old neon signs, and this one is definitely a fun one. I like how it is framed with the modern arch of the building behind it, as it perhaps saying our modern taste is still cherishing the old.
Phil Douglis04-Jul-2009 22:55
I think I photographed that sign in Jackson, Rose -- in a snow squall. It features a cowboy on a bucking horse, right?
sunlightpix04-Jul-2009 07:22
Nice! Reminds me of the neon sign above the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson, Wyoming.
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