The Thomas Cusack Sign Company of Chicago,IL, was famous for painting outdoor ads throughout the United States. This ghost sign by the Cusack Co. plugging Bull Durham tobacco is on the West side of the Helm Salon building at 5th and Wyandotte in the River Market district in Kansas City, Missouri.
Cusack began the business in 1875 at the age of 17 and eventually sold it in 1924. During this time, it was the largest in the United States, boasting annual sales of $23,000,000. Cusack served as a Democrat from Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1898 to 1900.
Take a closer look at this ghost sign by using your mouse to scroll around the 360° pic below to look up, look down, look all around! Notice there are two images depicted in this ad… one, easy to distinguish, is of course the iconic “Bull”… the other, which the bull is superimposed over, shows a silhouette of a Navy Seaman in a Battleship’s Crow’s Nest manning a machine gun.
And here is a link to a Google Tour of the ghost sign with “Points of Interest” that link to more information about the art and surrounding area. Click on the photo to take the tour… or just click the link below!
A popular saying in my hometown is “I love you as much as Kansas Citians love Kansas City” My hope is that this site helps demonstrate the root of our love of City. I will take you on a tour of Kansas City highlighting Iconic and Historic Street Art (both commissioned and actual street/ graffiti art works), Architecture, and Advertising (Ghost Signs) through the medium of 360° photography and video.
Why 360° you might ask?
The 360° photographs allow you, the viewer, to zoom in to examine details, as well as to “back up and look around” to get a better awareness of the location of the photo and a sense of the scale, history and architecture of the area.
In addition to each new post I will be building a walking tour so you can navigate to each location.
The nine block Power and Light District in Kansas City was opened in 2008 and has given a significant impetus to the revitalization of downtown Kansas City, Missouri. In 2007, Alexander Austin received a commission to paint a mural covering 18,000 square feet, transforming a two block stretch of blank wall into a panorama in Kansas City’s Power & Light District. This mural, which depicts aspects of Kansas City Jazz history is located on the south sides of the buildings between Main and Walnut which run North/ South, and Truman road and 14th street which run East/ West. If you scroll and look East, you can see an additional mural (Satchel Paige) on the Two Light Building. If you scroll and look West, you can see the iconic Power and Light Building, from which the district gets its name.
Below is a 360 “tour” of this mural… clicking on the arrows allows you to move left and right.
And here is a link to a Google Tour of the Mural with “Points of Interest” that links to more information about the Mural and KC! Click on the photo to take you to the tour… or just click the link below!