A partially obscured sign for Owl Cigars. Both 921 Post and it’s neighbor were built in 1919/1920 which means originally there was a clean line of site to this sign. I blame the silly clown striped facade for the current bad view. Bad stripes! No nicotine for you! Currently vacant; perhaps when 927 Post is rehabilitated/reopened/renovated the metal siding will come down and the full sign will be visible once more?
Here is the sign as seen from Google Maps. From this angle you can see portions of the Owl Cigar sign not visible from street level. The “standard” Owl Cigar sign would have said Owl Cigar 5¢ and possibly had a rendition of an owl on it. I’m assuming the white paint was meant to cover graffiti and is obscuring the 5¢ and/or the owl although I could be wrong. Guess removing that facade wouldn’t be as interesting as previously thought.
This isn’t the only tobacco sign in the neighborhood to suffer from vandalism and/or misguided graffiti abatement efforts. While the Zubelda Sign on Larkin Street has so-far avoided vandalism, the horse head on Polk Street’s Harvester Cigar sign has suffered repeated taggings.