Essays taken from a weekly newspaper column published in the Washington County News, Washington, Kansas. Look for my book, "Dispatches From Kansas," available from Amazon.com, or from the author.
A partial view of pealing paint in an alley got me back out into 89 degree heat to see if I would see your country boy with straw hat. No. It was sign for a now defunct Dows, Iowa drug store. In another era there was a painter perhaps going the rounds of at least Iowa and Kansas leaving a trail of advertising in a pleasing blend of cream and turquoise.
These signs are unfortunately a part of vanishing America. The one I photographed was on a wall in Blue Rapids, Kansas, which has since then collapsed. It's like losing part of your heritage or history. Keep looking--and always take your camera!
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