Aug 30, 2010

Signs of the Times: Bags and Burlap



This Ohio Vally Bag And Burlap Sign is on Preston St. and they have been around since the 1920s. The company, now doing business as Ovasco Industries, is still in business at 1475 S. 15th St. I had to drive back into town to get the shot before the vine leafed out. Once it was fully out, the paint was completely covered. I am happy to say that since I took these photos, the vine has been removed. I love a big vine, but no vine is better for the brick, the mortar and the paint.
This was a local factory, built in the 1800s for Falls City Jeans and Woolen Mills, and was later home of the Enro Shirt Factory, then Ohio Valley Bag and Burlap. One side of the building entrance has what an overpaint. So many of these painted signs on brick have earlier ghost signs bleeding through. Some buildings in the area are now residential, which makes me wonder of they were worker housing at one time.The building is in good shape and has been the home of The Burkhart Co., a locally owned custom woodworking company since 2000. It's also on the National Register of Historic Places.

Ohio Valley Bag and Burlap Co. 101 Preston St.

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