Monday, February 22, 2016

The Past Revisited

 An old-time gas station

I discovered these murals in my archives, the photos taken four-and-a-half years ago. I have no idea if these murals are still there. The first is/was over a former garage door in Flesherton (Ontario, Canada) and was painted in 2001 by Allen C. Hilgendorf, an artist who created many murals across Ontario. Sadly, he died about  two-and-a-half years ago...but he lives on through his paintings.

Markdale Station

Sorry about the ugly shadows!  This mural on the side of Markdale's old fire station was painted in 2000 by Hilgendorf.  He seems to have had a passion for vintage trains because I've seen several of his works that include trains and stations.

Left-hand side of the second mural


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46 comments:

Andy said...

I have these murals on my blog also. I hope they are still there. They remind us of how things were in the past.

bill said...

A nice reminder of days past.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

You and I are on the same wavelength today EG :) Love murals depicting the history of the area, super finds here.

Jeevan said...

Beautiful capture on both the murals! The artist passion brought back the past wonderfully in these murals... Love it

Sandi said...

Why does the past always look so clean, simple, delightful...?

Denise inVA said...

Glad you shared these from your archives. Wonderful murals!

Karl Demetz said...

A beautiful reminder of the past, EG !

Anvilcloud said...

I like his work from what I see here.

Penelope Puddlisms said...

Trains of old are such an important element in our vast country and murals depicting them are like historical documents. Hopefully, the work of this artist will be preserved for a long time to come. But if not, the next best thing is saving it through pictures.

Shammickite said...

The murals probably look a little more weathered and faded now.

eileeninmd said...

Good morning, I love the old train and gas station. These are beautiful murals. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

I really like the gas station. I love these types of murals with vintage cars.

Sandra said...

all three of these are like looking into a time warp. and i do love time warp scenes. my favorite is the gas station.. i remember stations like that

s.c said...

Nice that reminders of the not so old past. Do you think that people are longing to those days back by missing some old history in their surroundings ? Especially in N-America you find this kind of murals. In Europe barely.

Lowell said...

I love all of these; they are very well done and capture very well that era which I think was, in some ways, a kinder and gentler time.

Mary Hone said...

Those are great. I can't imagine painting something that big.

Taken For Granted said...

Mr. Hilgendorf was a highly talented muralist. I hope his work is still up and unmolested by taggers. He has chosen an interesting time in history with steam trains and automobiles.

William Kendall said...

Beautiful and vivid work in these murals.

Tom said...

transportation sure has changed

rebecca haegele said...

I like the little boy in the second picture. How cute.

Pamela Gordon said...

These really are beautiful works of art.

Nancy Chan said...

These are great murals.

cieldequimper said...

They are lovely. And they teach kids about life before FB and IG and Ithingys...

VP said...

I always love these!

Nicol Carm said...

I love these types of murals with vintage scenes. Beautiful!

RedPat said...

He was certainly a talent. I hope they are still there, EG!

Rose said...

I could stand and look at these for a long, long time. I love them all....these just look so real.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

There is a gas station just like that one in my little town. You've inspired me to go photograph it this weekend!

Karen S. said...

What a wonderful discovery!

Ruth Hiebert said...

Beautiful work.I love the old trains,as you know.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Those are great scenes and make me wish I were on a journey! Someone could probably write a book about that one girl in the last panel ...she looks like somebody forgot to come pick her up. Or ....

Amy at love made my home said...

Aren't they wonderful! xx

Revrunner said...

Well, at least I can understand these murals.

Cloudia said...

This post rhymes with mine of the Cadillac Bldg in San Francisco from the pioneering days of automobiling! Blogging Kismet - love it

Lois said...

Very nice murals! I like the old cars in the first one. The car on the right reminds me of a picture I have that was taken of my grandmother standing next to a car like that one.

"E." "Beth" Edwards said...

i love the choo choo, i see the lighthouse below. so cool. have a lovely week! take care! ( :

The Furry Gnome said...

I'm sure they're both still there; I must go and get pictures. You'd be interested to know that the old Firehall has been fixed up and opened as a coffee shop - 'Fire and Ice'. They also sell Chapman's ice cream of course.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

These nostalgic murals are public illustrations of local history. Wonderful to see and experience. Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.

Sami Niilola said...

Amazing paintings

Small Kucing said...

Mural thingy is catching on in my country too. But like you have said, some will be gone in few years. I do hope they would maintain the mural

Halcyon said...

Great murals! They tell the story of this town very well.

Darla said...

Wonderful murals. He was quite a talented artist.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

These are great! I bought hubby a couple of train art pictures. He likes his trains!

Stephanie said...

Great old fashioned look to these wonderful murals!

Joe Todd said...

Neat post.. I really like murals

Susan Anderson said...

These old murals are so cool and nostalgic. Love them.

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