Returned to Thompson Park, one of my favorite locations in Watertown, New York, with model Sarah Dingle. It was cold and snowy, but the weather added its own beauty to an otherwise charming photo shoot.
Model Cecelia Rose in Thompson Park, overlooking Watertown, Jefferson County, New York. It was supposed to be sunnier, but we made it work. This stone gazebo turned out to be the perfect setting, and her green sweater and plaid scarf contrast nicely with the setting.
Sign for Ryan’s Jet Gas at 740 State Street in Watertown, New York. Ryan’s Jet Gas, Inc. was founded in 1930 and has operated at this corner for over 80 years.
Former neon sign for Crystal Restaurant at 87 Public Square in Watertown, New York. Opened in 1925, it’s the oldest restaurant in Watertown. Dennis and Jerry Valanos owned the restaurant until 1943, when it was purchased by their head chef, Otto Dephtereos. Today, Peter (Otto’s grandson) and Libby Dephtereos manage the restaurant. A Prohibition-era advertisement for “All Legal Beverages” still appears in the window.
Lately I’ve been obsessed with old signs–neon signs, ghost signs, populuxe styles, etc. They represent a living memory of the past, and express uniqueness and character from a time when business owners displayed confidence and the promise of permanence.
Nothing lasts forever, of course, especially in the realm of business, but these signs were clearly designed for the long term. Proof is the fact many of these signs have outlasted the businesses themselves. Some, like the Crystal Restaurant in Watertown, New York, beat the odds and have survived for nearly a century.