Before billboards lined streets and highways, advertising was painted on the side of buildings. When a building was demolished to allow new construction this ad was discovered in mint condition on the walls of the neighboring building. A perfect example of the efficiency and artistic talent used to create these advertisements.
This image was captured in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Today in rural areas, especially those communities that served as trading hubs for the surrounding area, advertisements like this one are still visible today. Deep colors and bold paint marketed products like the cigars and grocer featured in this ad and most all products and services available in the area.