10 February 2011

Second National Bank and Moser Paint Factory

A while back I posted a faded picture of a wall sign that said "PAINTS". A productive visitor researched the address and left the following comment:

Sanborn map says it was the Charles Moser Co. Paint Factory and Warehouse.From 215-227 East 9th st. Also on the Cincinnati Historical Society Library website in their photograph selection.....if you look at the pics for the Second National Bank Building,there are three of them, two from 1914 and one from 1911.For the 1911 pic if you enlarge it (enlarge by 400%)....you can see plain as day your GHOST SIGN...."PAINTS"...on the side of this same building, probably not many years old at the time of the pic was taken. Pretty cool its still there 100 YEARS Later.

So following this lead, I went to the Historical Society website and found the photo:

Second National Bank:

Here is what it looks like today:
Unfortunately I could not replicate the exact angle of the shot because the original was taken from a window of a building that is now just a parking lot.

Here is the ground floor today

And here is a close-up of the old street scene:

[where: 830 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202] SEC Main and Ninth

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