Advertising ghosts reappear in Sydney as buildings come down

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An iconic Australian brand Peters ice cream, dating back to the 19th and early 20th centuries, is seen in the central business district of Sydney. (AFP)
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Above, an advertisement of an old iconic Australian brand Peapes seen after demolition of a tower block on George Street in the central business district of Sydney. (AFP)
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A woman looks at the pictures of the old Sydney in the central business district of Sydney. (AFP)
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An old advertisement appears following a demolition of a building in the central business district of Sydney. (AFP)
Updated 21 September 2017
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Advertising ghosts reappear in Sydney as buildings come down

SYDNEY: Historic adverts are re-emerging on the side of Sydney buildings to offer a brief window into the city’s past, with old paintings exposed as neighboring structures are pulled down.
Old banners from well-known Australian brands dating back to the 19th and early-20th centuries have reappeared, including Peters Ice Cream, offering a romantic reminder for those who can remember them in their heyday.
International names like Shell Oil are also having old painted signs uncovered thanks to city construction, with some being restored to their former glory, including a prominent Bushells Tea advert in Sydney’s historic Rocks district.
“I think Sydney is often perceived as a modern city with very little history, and I think for some Sydneysiders it (re-emerging signs) is an interesting reminder that the city has evolved over time,” Sydney historian Lisa Murray said.
A brightly-colored six-story advert for “Peapes Mens and Boys Wear”, which likely dates back to 1923 when the building it is painted on was erected, is the most recent to grab attention after an adjacent block came down as part of a redevelopment.
“The colors of the paint and the vibrancy of it is actually conserved by default, by the fact that it has been covered up,” Murray said.
The former gentlemen’s department store was a landmark in the city’s Wynyard area – a key retail hub until the Sydney Harbor Bridge opened in 1932 directing traffic elsewhere, the historian added.
“A city is never static – they grow, they change, buildings go up and they go down, businesses come and go – and it is nice to sometimes be reminded of our history and reflect on how they change over time,” said Murray.


US police post mugshot of lost dog, bail paid in cookies

Updated 17 July 2018
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US police post mugshot of lost dog, bail paid in cookies

  • Police tried to get the dog to hop into his police car, but her legs were too short
  • It took a few hours before Bean’s owners tracked her down

CAPE MAY, N.J.: A dog is home after police in a New Jersey shore town posted its mugshot on social media.
Cape May Patrolman Michael LeSage found Bean the pug in a yard on Sunday. He tells The Star-Ledger of Newark he tried to get the dog to hop into his police car, but her legs were too short so he had to lift her.
Police posted a photo of Bean on Facebook with the caption: “This is what happens when you run away from home.” It took a few hours before Bean’s owners tracked her down.
Hadley Hubbard of Baltimore, Maryland, thanked police and posted that Bean was sound asleep after an exciting run.
LeSage posted that Bean paid her bail in cookies.