This struck me as an interesting assortment of “forgotten” things, so I took the picture while stopped at a traffic light.
I haven’t seen a pay phone in a long time. Nor a phone number like the one in the faded “FOOD MARKET” sign on the wall bearing an old alphanumeric exchange, “WEST 4520.”
And even that wall itself manages to show off some history in the old Cream City brick—made in Milwaukee and the source of our town’s “Cream City” monicker—displayed here in all its variety of appearance: black where it was exposed to weather over the years, grayish beige where it was painted over and thus partially protected by the “ghost sign” 50+ years ago, and creamy yellow where it somehow remained completely protected from the elements.
At the time I took the picture, I didn’t notice the discarded “ROAD WORK AHEAD” sign leaning against the wall. But looking at the photo now, I can see that it fits right in with the other relics here.