Owl Cigars

921 Post

921 Post as seen from Post

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?  921 Post #2

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.

Hidden Owl Cigar sign
Today, out of boredom, I walked a different route to work. Surprise! The Owl Cigar sign wraps around the back of the building! How many times have I walked Hyde and not noticed this? Largely obscured by houses and the old PG&E substation, you can still catch glimpses of the sign from the street or the parking lot adjacent to the aforementioned substation. However, generally parking lots with locked gates and razor wire and No Trespassing signs shouldn’t be entered. As I found out when they threatened to call the cops on me. But it was open! Not just unlocked but physically open! Some people have no concept of art or adventure.
Hidden Owl Cigar sign - Not in focus

It’s hard taking crisp photos while being yelled at.

Hidden ghost sign!

Aerial View


2 thoughts on “Owl Cigars

  1. Pingback: Meacham Place and Owl Cigars | Perception Filter

  2. It appears that in the photo directly above called “Aerial View” the narrow building which sits between the Owl sign and the smokestack occupies a space which had been an alley (perhaps even a dead-end alley) when the Owl sign was new. Back then, as now, the mouth of an alley was an ideal location for a wall sign.

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