Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Knights of Phythias Loodge Hall

                Rushville, Indiana

While still not playing well together, will use the new layout - some older posts will be strange looking.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

House of Ink

             Rushville, Indiana.

Brief note w.r.t. the blog design.  While preferring the new layout, we are not playing well together. New design makes some of the older posts rather weird looking.  Will attempt to figure out what is going on.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Monday Morning Coffee: Mediums / Messages

If you have been following along for a bit, then you know that there have been many images of various kinds of signage.  Often on painted on brick walls or roads while others are on store fronts and/or in windows.

What with this signage?  A couple of definitions to get us started.

Marketing is the process of communicating the value of a product or service to customers, for the purpose of selling that product or service.

Advertising is a form of marketing communication to encourage, persuade, or to continue to take some action.
Let’s take a quick and short trip thru time.
Early and traditional – at least here in the Midwest – simple and direct messages painted on buildings usually advertising local opportunities.

Later permanent and/or temporary message boards began appearing.  These could be replaced and updated as different products became available.
 Today, in addition to the traditional wall paintings and message boards, we are seeing a different bit of signage - graffiti. 
What is the graffiti message?  Sometimes it is advertising – stop war, don’t support ______, support ______. 
Other times it is marketing, communicating the value of a product to customers and this is where the message is often a bit different and misunderstood.

The product has become the graffiti maker and the customer is the viewer.  No need to purchase something, just value the product - the maker.

Social  networking has given the ability to communicate quickly to a worldwide audience.  A photograph has become an virtual object with a short half-life.  Food/meals, shopping, walking down a street, happy hours with friends are just a few examples.  Posters are openly sharing their personal everyday lives.  Many of these shared moments include a self portrait - a selfie - I am alive and here.  

Painted messages on walls, message boards and graffiti are/have moved to social networks.  Quickly viewed, often not really seen, and with a short half-life - soon forgotten.

Friday, October 25, 2013


                 Parker City, Indiana.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Davis Seed Service

                                London, Ohio

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I.O.O.F Lodge Hall

                 Ithaca, Ohio

Featured the lower left corner in a post two days ago.  The 1900 building is still used for special events.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Gold Medal Flour

                Somewhere in Ohio

Monday, October 21, 2013

Monday Morning Coffee: A Response and Changes


It has been suggested that my photographs looked like backgrounds without a subject. My response is that the background is my subject.

                 Ithaca, Ohio

Over the  weekend made a few changes to the blog design which should make it easier to read and to view the images.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Still There

                   Cambridge City, Indiana.

Returned after a year to find little changed.  Perhaps a few more 2x4's holding up a wall.  As always click on image for a larger view.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Yes Virginia, It's the Midwest.

                Mazy, Indiana.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


                      West Mansfield, Ohio.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

More Midwest Flags

                Cambridge City, Indiana.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Saved, Restored and Used

               Mechanicsburg, Ohio

Mechanicsburg is a village in Champain, County, Ohio with a population of less than 1700.

Because of its location on a tributary of the Ohio River, Mechanicsburg was used as a station on the Underground Railroad. 

Monday, October 07, 2013

Active Lodge Hall

               Whitewater, Indiana.

10/07 Memories

"Life is all memory, except for the present moment that goes by you so quick you hardly catch it going."
                                                          Tennessee Williams                              
After a weekend of overcast and rainy weather it is a sunny and rather cool day here at the World Headquarters of Today's Image.  A reminder that it soon will be time to plan and prepare for the coming cold of winter.
 Today is personally special and will be spent quietly relaxing and doing what is most enjoyable -  reading, some photography and perhaps a bit of walking about the neighborhood. 
Will leave with an image taken in Whitewater, Indiana.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

In The Woods

                             Somewhere Along The Road

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Low Tech Advertising

                   Union City, Indiana/Ohio

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Looking Back

                   Connersville, Indiana.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Wall Art

                    Centerville, Indana.