Monday, November 5, 2012

Barn Charm

In the five years I've been blogging I've posted many of these old Mail Pouch barns. However, I'd have to say that this is probably the best well preserved one I've ever seen. When it came into view I couldn't believe how bright the paint was and how lovely the setting. Although it was literally right beside the road. I was sitting in my Jeep pulled just off the road in front of that tree. If you look closely you can see the dirty windshield glare.
A few miles further down was this crumbling Mail Pouch barn. It stands in stark contrast to the one above. It's unused and neglected and I doubt it will be around much longer. You can't see from the photo but the foundation is coming away underneath. I didn't notice until I downloaded the photo that this one has what is called a ghost image underneath. Apparently something else was advertised before the Mail Pouch ad was added. I hope I can make it back to check that out further before the barn is gone.
There were four of these old barns on this one route that day. I'll post the other two next week.
Stay tuned!
Linking to Tricia's Barn Charm.

30 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

really definite contrast. both have their own charm, though.

Amy Burzese said...

I like both. Very charming.

Jeannelle said...

Nice shots! Advertising on barns must be a regional thing...we don't see that around here.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the old advertising on some of the barns. Both such great examples...and great barns!

Sally in WA said...

Fabulous! Fabulous! I can't believe either how well preserved the first one is.

Have a great week.

Rose said...

I love these almost as much as the quilt barns...that first one really is a beauty. I still love the second one...

Red said...

Both interesting shots. the last one is also interesting in that the grounds are neatly mowed. We didn't have barn signs here.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

I've never seen a mail pouch barn - these are really interesting! The first one looks brand new - the contrast is amazing!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

How interesting to find 4 of these along the same route! Great captures! I love that first barn.

Betsy Adams said...

Wow--that first barn is really in good shape, Carletta... Quite a change from that second one. BUT--I love all barns.
Hugs,
Betsy

Mari said...

I really like this post, because of the contrast between the two barns. I've never seen a mail pouch barn around here, so I'm a bit jealous! :)

Nell at njschout said...

Interesting contrast between the barns!

Karen said...

How wonderful that you were able to capture both of these images! We don't have advertising on our barns here, either, but I have heard of these. Sad to see the old one falling apart, but hopefully it will be recycled. They are both beautiful.

Bev said...

Definitely both are charmin!! I always seem to like the old ones a bit more!

Elaine said...

Love the contrast between the two barns! I've got to think that if the second barn hadn't been painted by the Mail Pouch crew it wouldn't be standing now. A whole lot of barns got painted and preserved by the Mail Pouch people, but what fun to see four along the route you took.

Kerri said...

Those are COOL barns!!!

Marlo RepurposeMyLife said...

wow, that is a great shape and what a looker it is!

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

A ghost image, yes I see. Poor old second barn, I don't think the roof is going to make it much longer. Concrete block building is charming! First barn, I'm glad someBODY is showing it some love.

diane b said...

The first one is neat but the second one has charm.

Jori said...

Both are beautiful! I hope the second one can get some love.

Becky said...

That first one is beautiful, and I would hope more of these old Mail Pouch barns would be redone. They are part of America for sure.There are only 3 in my area, and 2 are well taken care of. Your last image is sad. I hate to see old barns in this condition.

Tanya said...

beautiful find!

Faye said...

Mail Pouch barns used to be common in KY but, like your second one, not well maintained any more. Hopefully, your first barn will be around for a long time because it's such an iconic rural scene.

Carletta said...

Marlo - thank you for dropping by. I appreciate your visit and comment very much.
I have tried leaving a comment a few times but once I type the comment your page won't accept it.
Thanks again!

Tricia Hays said...

Runnin seriously behind on my visits this week... so sorry.

Love the ad barns... What a difference there is between the two, but they both have much charm. Bet that 2nd one could tell some stories. LoL!

Thanks for joining, Carletta =)

Marie said...

I am so glad to see these Mail Pouch barns, like the quilt square barns you see, always fun and interesting. Too bad about the second one being in such bad shape. I wonder what it says underneath.

Kateri said...

This is so neat. I've never seen a mail pouch tobacco sign on a Michigan barn, but on my recent trip to PA, I passed two the turnpike. So neat to see your photos!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

I had never heard of a "mail pouch" barn before. It's always nice to learn new things. :-)

barbara l. hale said...

Love these old Mail Pouch barns. That first one is in extraordinary shape. Nice finds.

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

oh, i love mail pouch barns ... so fun. love the differences.

finally getting around to commenting on this barn charm ... away for a anniversary trip. big hugs. (: