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

Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 12:30 PM.

"I didn't know it was under there," Bowman said. "I'm going to talk to the city about historic preservation."

He and his mother want to remove the stucco and restore the sign, he said. They are applying for a Community Redevelopment Agency façade improvement grant to help fund the process.

Bowman was surprised by the sign's good condition, crediting it to a combination of the protective stucco and the quality of paint used in early Coca-Cola signs.

"That was real good paint," he said.

Boyles, a champion of downtown restoration, praised the Bowmans' intent to restore the old sign.

"It is authentic, it is original, it adds to the authenticity of downtown," he said. "That Coke sign would've been painted many, many years ago. It could be 1920s."

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