Here's a final detail from the Horticultural Fair negative. With electrical wiring like this it's not surprising that structure fires were a much more common occurrence during this era. This light bulb may have been a big deal, but within 10 years many of the signs in the commercial district were electrified. The knob and tube wiring would be the cause of many electrical fires in years to come, though it was probably a big improvement over the gas lamps it was replacing.
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Wasn't one of the inventors of "light signs" from Hood River?
Love the detail of the sign and the fir trimming it.
NancyR on 29th July 2011 @ 7:03am
Could that be tiny pinecones glued to the boards to form the word Welcome? Maybe they are huge cherries glued.....
The electical wires just go through a hole in the wall.
Do we know how many days this "fair" actually took place?
Charlott on 29th July 2011 @ 7:04am
Nancy, are you referring to John Long, inventor of the 'running sign'?
Paul Kollas on 29th July 2011 @ 7:43am
Sign guy - yes, it was John Long. The museum has an entire collection of his equipment and marketing materials. Quite fascinating and way ahead of it's time.
Connie on 29th July 2011 @ 7:50am
However, John Long did not live in Hood River at the time of this photo.It was somewhere about 1946 or 1947 when the Long family moved to Long Hsven.
Charlott on 29th July 2011 @ 7:58pm