Monday, January 30, 2012

Ruby Tuesday Meets Barn Charm

It's time for Ruby Tuesday 2 and this barn with its bright red roof fits the red theme quite well.
Looking closely the old farm house to the left of the barn has its own red tin roof. I've said many times that I grew up seeing these barns all over the rural West Virginia landscape. Again I don't advocate smoking for anyone. The barns to me are art. The Highway Beautification Act of 1965, which sought to restrict the vast number of local advertisements that were being placed near highways, exempted Mail Pouch barns since they had been deemed historic landmarks. This particular one did double duty advertising Mail Pouch and Kentucky Club. A view of the other side. I took this one facing the sun and it really washed out the red of the roof. The barn sits near Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
Linking both to Ruby Tuesday 2 and Tricia's Barn Charm.

44 comments:

diane b said...

It is a great barn but it is a shame that ads are allowed.

Jientje said...

The Kentucky Club is for smoking and the Mail Pouch for chewing? I love this one, so American, and so sign of the times. I think it's a good thing they don't remove the ads in this anti tobacco day and age.

Robin said...

These old barns have so much charm, and the old ads add a lot of character. I'm glad they're exempt.

Thanks Carletta for your kind words about my new cards!

anney said...

I don't advocate smoking for anyone too but such a smart advertisement idea! Visiting from RT2!
Here's my entry

Vienna Daily said...

same here, wouldn't recommend smoking, but the ad does add charm to already classic barns...

TexWisGirl said...

they are unique. i like the old ads, too. :)

judi/Gmj said...

Those barns are so rare here. I sure enjoy seeing your captures.

kaye said...

perfect pairing :)

Ralph said...

I never had an issue with an advertising message on a barn instead of ugly billboards. The Mail Pouch is an icon, a piece of Americana from a day where interstate travel was on two lanes and not the Interstates. A time of slow travel where the in-between sights were almost as important as getting to the destination (no these days...)

A beautiful post for RT!

Costin said...

Great old barn. Greetings.

Colin (HB) said...

Carletta
I agree with my "Aussie" mate, Diane. ( She, who shows purple paddocks -so naughty! ha ha!). I think the ads. do take away some of the rustic charm of the old barns of yesteryears. I might add that I detest ugly billboards also - but no legislation will ever get rid of them! I now really regret that on 6 trips to the US, I never made it to your part of the States - closest was Baltimore, and that was only to change flights on my way to Atlanta.
Great informative post from your neck of the woods.
Cheers
Colin

Kim, USA said...

I love these sign on the barn.

Red Barn

Neal said...

That sure does bring back memories. I used to see those signs on the way to TN. Thanks for sharing.

Bruce Clark said...

Very nice barn and the ads are great too.

Mari said...

What a great find! I love those painted signs and we don't see any of them around here.

Southwest Arkie said...

I've seen those advert barns all over the US while traveling. I remember when they restricted highway signs too- and I was glad of it- those signs just ruined the scenery. Easy enough to get away from all that- better views off the interstate.

Jan n Jer said...

A great blast from the past!

Beth said...

i have seen many mail pouch ...but not on so many sides. that is pretty neat. (:

Carletta said...

Colin,
I see you saw my comment on Diane's blog. Thanks for stopping by here. I always find your comments on Diane's blog informative and often humorous. If you ever make it to the states again I hope you'll get a chance to see my neck of the woods.
You need your own blog! :)

Lesley said...

Funny how these signs exciting to see, yet billboards are just annoying.

George said...

I think this is the first 'two-fer' barn I've seen. Usually these barns advertise one product only. You've made a great find with this neat barn.

Colin (HB) said...

Carletta.
Actually I do! But I don't know how or what to do, I write, Diane and Bill, put it up, they get angry, I get sulky, and so the merry-go-round just goes around.
Here:
http://huggibearinbrisbane.blogspot.com.au/
Hope this works, it does show my last posting in TPNG, as it was then.
Sorry to do it this way, but I cna't find your e-mail address to contact you.
Glad you like my comments.
Cheers
Colin (HB)

Nani said...

I love advertising, especially old or antique-styled advertising like advertising on barns! It's very cool!

I'm in the minority I guess, I can't stand those stretches of the interstate where there are no billboards. I think the signs and ads on the highway tell a little bit about where you are, especially the local places. Interstate with no billboards tells me I'm "no place." Kinda creeps me out!

Anyway, I love the classic Americana advertising barn!!

Patti said...

What a great slice of Americana, Carletta!
I love to imagine all the people who have driven by and read these advertisements over the years.

Great history here! Good that the barns were exempt.

I'm not participating in RT this week, sadly.

P.S. thank you for reading my tribute to a late colleague.

Leah H. said...

Interesting photo- thank's for sharing..

Visiting for RT 2! Hope you can stop by:)

http://www.cassandrasminicorner.com/2012/01/salt-soaking-solution.html

Keetha Broyles said...

How funny that one barn advertised two tobacco brands! Those old Mail Pouch barns are scattered everywhere!

Dianne said...

lovely old barns

Tanya said...

very neat...i really want to find one of these cool old barns!

Gattina said...

I love these old barns, they look so romantic !

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

Hi Carletta,

I'd never heard of Kentucky Club, so I don't know what it is, but these ad barns are still some of my faves! Looks like they had a time w/ the painting of that particular ad...

Thanks for joining! =)

chubskulit said...

Antique looking barns!

How beautiful!

My Ruby Tuesday is the Lego Builder, hope you'd come and see. Have a nice day!

Cheryl said...

I really love the advertising on the barn. The beautification act-was that for the whole U.S.? cuz I don't see many billboards at all any more.

Genie said...

I have seen advertising on barns, but nothing like this one. It is something else. They really wanted you to see it. Nice capture.We are off to Douthat State Park this week to celebrate my 73rd....can’t wait. Hope the weather holds out for us. Plan to take lots of pictures. genie

Emille said...

Am glad you took pics of the barn from several angles!

Ruta said...

What a great find! I love the old avertising!

Ann said...

Surprising they didn't advertise on the roof too.

Elaine said...

Nice set of photos! While the tobacco may not have been good for the farmer's health, it was good for his barn, as along with the ad he got his barn painted. That may be the only reason some of these old ones are still around.

Margaret said...

I don't like chewing or smoking, but these are nostalgic and quaint. I like them a lot.

Colin (HB) said...

Hi Carletta

38 comments I see.
Well I think with the barn advertising the score stands at:
Appreciation or approval.
USA - 36. Some of them maybe fence sitting??
Australia - 2.

I hope you managed to find my
e-mail address????

Actually a very interesting post,to see, actually what people think. Thank you.

And now to horrify all and sundry, I smoke.! Never did as a kid or student at college ( boarding school)- I loathed it. Really funny stories I could tell you of what I would find in my desk.
Unfortunately to be in the "inner crowd" at University in those days, smoking was almost obligatory! Even the lecturers at Sydney Uni. Law School smoked in the lectures - the room was a haze of smoke - strangely enough we all survived????
I went to college here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Joseph%27s_College,_Hunters_Hill

Much more comfortable for students now than when I was there in the late 1950's.
Senior boys have their own rooms, like Motel accommodation. How times change? !!!!
Cheers
Colin

Carletta said...

Colin,
I left you a message on your blog.

Colin (HB) said...

Thanks - got it and sent e-mail.
Something must have "inspired" me to look at my "little" blog this morning as I rarely do these days as I don't use it. e-mail explains why - ha ha!
Colin

John McElveen said...

Barns are Gold Mines to shoot--Yes?

J

Carole said...

Very cool barn, and shots!

Noteworthy Musings - Barn Charm #70

Rose said...

I look on them as works of art, too. Just love seeing them.