'The real thing' revealed: Old Coke sign found under stucco

Coke sign

Stucco chipping from the side of Granny's Attic on Main Street has revealed a hand-painted Coca-Cola advertisement that may date back to the 1920s.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 12:30 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Stucco chipping off a Main Street business' original brick north wall has revealed a hand-painted Coca-Cola advertisement that may date back to the 1920s.

The one-story building at 337 N. Main St., which houses Granny's Attic, is typical of the historic district's early-20th-century architecture.

The building housed Gertrude Martin Ellis's Artistic Beauty Shop for more than 50 years, according to Ann Spann, the city's Historic Preservation Board chairman. During renovation, its brick walls were covered in stucco, which often is less expensive than repointing bricks. In this case, the stucco sealed in and protected the Coke ad for decades.

Granny's Attic owner Lorine Johnson, who rents the building from owners Kathleen Bowman and her son, Phil, said she had no idea what lay beneath the stucco.

"Well, I was surprised," she said.

When some of the stucco chipped off in a recent downpour, Main Street attorney Nathan Boyles was the first to notice part of a Coke sign being revealed and notified the owner.

"I said, 'Hey Phil, I think there's an old Coke sign under the plaster on your wall,'" Boyles said.



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