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Fading Ads of Birmingham

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  4 reviews
The fading advertisements on the walls of Birmingham's buildings paint an illuminating picture of the men and women who built an industrial boomtown in the first half of the twentieth century. Advertising expert, artist and writer Charles Buchanan unravels the mysteries behind Birmingham's ghost signs to reveal glimpses of the past now hidden in plain sight. Featuring stun ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by History Press (SC) (first published November 1st 2012)
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Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
A history of Birmingham as told by the massive advertisements that have adorned its buildings over the past 100-plus years.

This is a very well crafted book, crammed full of information on Birmingham's history, architecture, businesses and neighborhoods. The book is built around the photos of ads painted on the sides of buildings—some hidden behind newer construction and others that are hidden in plain sight. But to simply scan through the pictures and captions is to miss much of the real value
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
The pictures in this book were great, and reading the histories of some of the signs I remember from growing up here was fascinating. Some pictures were of ads I had never noticed, but now plan to look for. Enjoyable.
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This was a very informative read for anyone interested in the history of the city and the art/history of sign painters.
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