Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Old and forgotten

I drove through Old Dora a while back. There's not much there these days, but back in the late 50s and early 60s the place was abuzz.
There were about 20 stores, but there were all on one side of the street. There was a mercantile store, a dry goods store,  a furniture store, a drugstore, a barbershop, a bank and a church among other things.
On the other side of the street was a concrete retaining wall.
The railroad tracks were almost level with the tops of the buildings and the wall, which was grey as a tombstone, kept the tracks from washing into the streets during spring rains.
As a kid, I walked down that street hundreds of times and I don't recall every seeing anything painted on that wall. Occasionally there would be posters taped up there announcing the county fair, or some other event.
After all the businesses moved to the new highway (it was built in the mid-1960s, but it's still called the new highway), the town dried up and all the building fell into disrepair. These days most of them are nothing but brick and rubble.
But something interesting has evolved on the retaining wall. It's become a living canvas for graffiti. There were layers of faded paint many years old, and paint so fresh you could almost smell the lacquer.
I smiled when I looked at the things written there in a rainbow of paints. It  breathes a little bit of new life to something old and forgotten.


  1. What a refreshing viewpoint!

  2. It is odd going back to a place and seeing all the changes from what we remember... :)

  3. This looks like a picture of my hometown of Maysville, KY in the 50s. I have seen pictures of it and it looks so similar. Kinda sad how the small towns have died out isn't it?

  4. Dear Rick, I always like to see a commonly held belief turned on its head--and so many people do seem to see graffiti as a scar on its surrounding and yet some of it--not all, but some--is true art in that it lifts our minds and hearts and spirits. Thank you for reminding me of this. Peace.

  5. Kind of bittersweet, isn't it? I think some of those kids that do that spray painting are REALLY talented artists. I know most don't like it -but I think it is pretty cool sometimes. xo Diana

  6. I like street art. I saw a Banksy when I was in San Francisco. When The Hurricane pointed it out to me, I nearly fainted from joy.



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