Painted on the sides and fronts of buildings are glimpses of another time in Joplin. Prior to the more popular use of neon, plastic, and other materials, paint, often applied straight onto the building, was the most common form of advertising. A drive around downtown Joplin reveals the remnants of these past days long gone. Below are a number of shots of some, but not all such wonderful instances:
These legacies of the past are easily lost, be it from neglect or intentional destruction. Let’s treasure the ones we have, as they serve as a direct connection to the past and offer a glimpse of another time.