East of the Mississippi

Whenever available, the building blocks of the great cities in America have always been brick. No sooner had the mortar dried on a building when the manufacturer of some product or the sign companies themselves began to have designs on it. Intersections were prime locations for signage as were the upper stories of large edifices – warehouses, factories, hotels. Boston, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Cincinnati – the great brickified cities of the East – are rife with surviving examples of interesting old wall signs.