Friday, April 25, 2014

Murals in our Town

On Easter Sunday we headed uptown (or downtown) for a stroll. We picked main street because I thought it was high time to take some pictures of various murals.


We started on the south end of Bridge Street, heading north, and this mural (both top and bottom) celebrates Canadian folk icon Stompin Tom Connors. He got a month long gig in Carleton Place in 1967, and it was here that  he wrote Big Joe Mufferaw, in which he mentions our town. The words are written on the mural. He sang this rendition in Hamilton in 2005.




My main intention of this walk was to take a picture of this old signage. We have lived in this town for 8+ years and walked Bridge Street many, many times, but I hadn't spotted this signage until just last week. Perhaps you can see why (above) as it is almost hidden along on little alley. I crossed the street and took the picture below, but I much come back someday with my wide angle lens and try to get the whole thing.

The sign reads: Chew SAP Bright Plug Tobacco in Canada None Better.


I took this next one from the bridge looking south. Our river in running high these days. I wonder if it really pays to advertise?


Finally, we came upon the homage to Captain A Roy Brown, who is officially credited with shooting down German flying ace, Manfred von Richthofen aka the Red Baron ): yes, he also of Snoopy fame. This is quite a claim to fame for this town, and I didn't know about it until a few years ago.

The mural and story were featured in one of Canada's National Newspapers, The National Post. I think my picture is better than there's, however. lol


7 comments:

Tabor said...

I have decided I better eep my eyes open more when going through many small towns. Great sharpness and clairty on these photos!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

We have seen similar wall murals during road trips and how fortunate for you to find several in your own town, John.

Jinksy said...

And I wonder how many artists it takes to keep those murals spick and span over the years? I take my hat off to anyone who can paint on such a large canvas...

TexWisGirl said...

i love the ghost signs. the funeral parlor and furniture store? eek!

The Chicken's Consigliere said...

TexWisGirl-makes you wonder where the furniture comes from...

Thanks for the glimpse of your hometown, AC. It looks like such a nice place to live.

Gail Dixon said...

Wow, furniture and funerals in one store? That's a new one on me! lol Enjoyed the tour around town for sure!

Ginnie said...

What fun, AC. I had no idea that you lived in such a "hip" place !