By John R. Greenwood
|Merle Norman meets Walter "Clem" Clements|
|Look closely at that bottom right hand corner!|
|Is that beautiful or what!|
This morning on my way to work it was still dark out. I could not wait for daylight to see Clem's sign in person. I parked in front of the store front and slowly walked up to it. As I stood there on Broadway and looked up and down both sides of the street I remembered seeing Walter Clements - Sign Painter in the early city directories. One of Clem's addresses was 376 Broadway which is the beautiful Arcade building just across the street. Ummm?
You may want to stay tuned. I got this feeling...
Woo...Hoo!! X 100Delete
It makes me happy to read of your find. I suspect, as you say, there will be more tales to follow. How cool that he lived right across the street from his sign.ReplyDelete
Your joy is infectious John, and I can only imagine the wonder in Clem's eyes if he knew his work had elicited such a response!ReplyDelete
That signature tells me that here was a guy that was proud of his work -- unlike today when few things have original signatures of the maker. Unless of course it is an art piece -- but maybe that is how Clem looked at his work. If so it tells me one does not need to be a Modigliani to feel their work is art.-- barbaraReplyDelete