Signage Overload on Main Street — ca. 1925

by Paula Bosse

main-street_east_hilton_ebayI hope the photographer has a red light behind him…

by Paula Bosse

This photo makes me feel anxious. There’s just too much going on here: too many signs, too many overhead wires, too garish a light.

This is the 1800 block of Main Street, looking east. The photographer’s shadow can be seen at the bottom of the photo. A large hotel of some sort (the name of which escapes me at the moment) can be seen in the distance (in the 1900 block) at Harwood.

The businesses in this block, from the 1925 city directory (click for larger image):


I have no 1926 directory to reference, but the 1927 directory has the building at 1811 Main (occupied in the photo by the Rund-Humphrey Water Heater Co. and the Stevenson Printing Co.) listed as being vacant. And the Hilton opened in 1925, so the photo seems to have been taken in 1925 or 1926.


Sources & Notes

Photo from eBay.

See the Hilton (the first one, not the later Statler-Hilton on Commerce) from a different angle in the post “The Hilton Hotel, Main & Harwood,” here.


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