Friday, September 10, 2004

Tel-Star Motel, Mid-Century Neon Signage

Great Mid-Century Signage in Myrtle Beach

The Tel-Star Motel

Well, like I promised weeks ago, here comes the mod signage I've been hunting down of late. The Tel-Star Motel in Myrtle Beach, SC has a mid-century sign that's out of this world. It's on 5th Ave about 2 blocks from Ocean Blvd. and has been there at least 35 years because I remember it as a child.

In July 2004, the family went down to the beach and I took several photos of the great modern buildings on Ocean Blvd like the Sea Gypsy and the Diplomat.

I'll be posting more of these as time goes by.

You can see daytime shots of the sign here and here.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Knoxville Hope Clock Fundraiser

Help Replace a Downtown Knoxville, Tennessee Treasure

The Hope Clock

The original Hope Brothers Jewelers street clock was a fixture on Gay Street from the moment it was installed in the late 1880s. It gracefully served down- town Knoxville, TN for over 100 years until it was relocated to a suburban shopping center earlier this year.

In July 2004, Knoxville business people David Dewhirst, Ginger Pickard and Sid Gilreath formed an organization to replace the old clock which had been unceremoniously removed. Actor David Kieth, a Knoxville native, has signed on as a spokesman and will emcee a fundraiser at Preservation Pub later this month. More info on that event will soon follow. The design at left (see a real life example) has been chosen for the clock; and it is to be provided by the Electric Time Company.

Help us replace this lost treasure with a new clock of similar stature so that future generations may enjoy their time in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.

The new Hope Clock will be permanently deeded to the City of Knoxville.

Mail or Hand-Deliver Your Donations to:

The Hope Clock Account
Home Federal Bank
515 Market Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

For more information you may email: Chris.Range[-at-]