Fading Ads of St. Louis

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Before the billboard, radio or television commercial, there was the painted ad. Today, these aging ads capture the imagination, harkening back to a bygone era. Vanishing paint on brick walls speaks to a time when commerce was much simpler and much more direct. Few cities in America have produced as many intriguing fading ads as St. Louis. Fewer still are home to such an expert on the subject as author Wm. Stage. For decades, Stage has studied and researched the lost art form of the painted ad, carefully tracking the history of this hands-on approach to advertising from its lustrous heyday to its disappearing present. Join Stage on a tour through St. Louis's fading ads hidden in plain sight.
ISBN: 9781609494896
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Missouri
Series: Fading Ads
Images: 71
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 7 (w) x 9 (h)
Wm. Stage is a St. Louis-based writer and photographer. He has taught photojournalism at the Saint Louis University School for Professional Studies and feature writing at Defense Information School. His commentaries may be heard occasionally on KWMU, the NPR affiliate in St. Louis.
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