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A Supreme Year in the Early 60’s

I got my Girl Scout cookies yesterday!  My next-door neighbor’s granddaughter always comes over to take my order and then I am forced to wait a few weeks to eat them!
Author "flying up" from Brownie to Girl Scout

The Author "Flying Up" from Brownie to Girl Scout

A favorite memory of mine was back in the early 60’s when my sister and I and two friends (all of us about 8-10 yrs old) set up a small table just outside the door of Peachin’s IGA, a small grocery store in my hometown of Wichita, Kansas.  Much like it’s done today, we would hawk cookies to their customers as they came and went.  Usually a pretty dry activity, but this one year was a memory-maker!

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Faded Beauty: Ghost Signs

They watch you as you drive by, trying to catch your attention one more time before they  fade into lost memories. Maybe you glanced at them while waiting at a light. Or maybe they’ve been there for so many years they no longer register in your consciousness.

I’m talking about the painted advertising signs that grace the old, downtown Ghost Sign: Rosen Bros., Douglas Street, Wichita, KSbuildings. Often called “Ghost Signs”, other names are “ghost ads”, “phantoms”, “fading ads, “brick ads”. Few and far between, some still remain around town; the graphics and lettering often the only reminder of the what was once sold. Some are visible only after it rains, which is where they get the nickname, “ghost signs”. Continue reading