Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Greek Festival Redux

A particularly felicitous hip shot: subject in perfect focus, straight horizon, only needed cropping on the right hand side. Couldn't have taken it better if I'd brought the camera up to my eye. August 2009. Canon XSi.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Towne Manor

The first thing we spotted after we off-ramped from I-77 on a day trip to Canton was this breathtaking signage. November 2009.

Postcard from the Manor

The original signage, late 1950s. The day manager came out and gave me this postcard while I was photographing the more recent sign. He told me that the widening of the roadway very nearly resulted in the loss of the sign because the sign was now too close to the road for current zoning regulations, but because it was grandfathered in, the sign could stay. Should any damage happen to the structure, however, the city would haul it away rather than allow it to be repaired.

Another Short Road Trip

Downtown Canton, Ohio. November 2009. Canon XSi.


Prospect Avenue, Cleveland.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Lime Street

Tarpon Springs, Florida, October 2009.

Bench with a View

Clearwater, Florida, October 2009.

Beatrice Academy of Beauty

Marvelous signage not long for this world. The Academy long closed, windows boarded, the building undergoing some sort of work as evidenced by a hose stretching from a nearby hydrant up to the third floor, whence the sounds of cleaning and spraying were coming.

Cedar Avenue, Cleveland. Canon XSi.

UPDATE: The building's gone, now it's parking for Cleveland Clinic employees.

Playing the Palace

Details of the front of the Palace Theater in Canton, Ohio, which is currently hoping to raise $50,000 to renovate the facade.

Interior of the ticket booth.

November 2009. Canon XSi.

Arcades I

The loss of the Old Arcade in Cleveland as a free and open public space, following its transformation to a hotel (which did perform the service of saving the historic structure, which was badly deteriorating) was ameliorated by the renovation and resuscitation of Cleveland's other two historic arcades, the Euclid Arcade and the Colonial Arcade. Now fairly vital even in the current economy, these two structures running between Euclid and Prospect Avenues stand as serene oases of time travel to Cleveland's vital and vigorous past.

Euclid Arcade, October 2009.

Arcades II

Colonial Arcade, October 2009.