20.000 x 16.000 x 0.013 inches
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Drugstore-ice Cream Parlor
Painting - Watercolor/ Colored Pencils On Cold Press Illustration Board
Working from a photograph that was taken in 1909. I wanted to show the details of the old style lettering on the windows. As a sign painter for most of my career, I really appreciate the old school hand lettered signs.
This was done from a photograph of Fred L Mick. He was a local business owner in my home town of Bussey. He was a licensed registered Pharmacist. And in 1955 he was awarded an Honorary life time membership in the Iowa Pharmaceutical Association, for having been a member for 50 years.
In this painting I also wanted to show how really old plate glass windows have a certain reflective beauty.
Also notice the small shed in front of the store. This was the very first gas filling station in the small town. The sign below the window is the Heath and Milligan paint company founded in 1853 and was located in Chicago Illinois. A note of interest was Heath and Milligan Manufacturing had to rebuild, after being destroyed in the great Chicago Fire.
The building depicted in this painting was torn down in the 1980's after it was also destroyed by a fire. I wanted to preserve the memories of the town I remember growing up. The Mick family still lives in Bussey and has been an important part of the community and my neighbors since.
This is one of several Bussey historical drawings that will be made into prints and postcards. The image Fred L Mick was also used in the Bussey Mural that is also in my profile. I hope to have the new series of Bussey History paintings done before July 4th so I can make them available for our big celebration.
May 12th, 2013
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