Carvings on the back of a barracks building.
“B. M.” Brick Graffiti Series.
Worker graffiti in a stairway. If this is your birthday, you have to comment on this post!
A chalkboard halfway to the headhouse is untouched since the mill closed. It still has the cheat sheets!
Moon of M.R. ‘1985. Brick Graffiti Series.
Someone’s fractal cheat sheet, spraypainted on the side of the Osborn.
HN. Brick Graffiti Series.
A closeup of a flour chute.
Kodak Tri-X 400, Leica M7. Serious enough to write across the side of the tank, but not serious enough to have a sign made.
“W.N. ’86”. Brick Graffiti Series.
Latscher. Brick Graffiti Series.
“Richard Glumac ’44”. Brick Graffiti Series.
Two signatures complement this gorgeous hand-painted sign. ‘Bowers’ from 1987 and ‘Normal’ from 1982. The blocking on the letters is still visible!
Peering into a remote office at Manitoba Wheat Pool #3. Someone left their to-do list behind.
These copulas made the iron for casting.
A little welding art one crosses over near the windlass room.
Fire doors and penis talk.
A scribbled note on a doorframe… lost details.
1950s safety posters about static and proper footware hide in remote offices, where the curious haven’t stolen them… yet.
In front of a rust-welded Illinois rotary stoker is where the boiler-men made their mark. The last year I can make out is 1985.
Don Crist ’83. Brick Graffiti Series.
Postcards and snapshots in a high elevator office.
“Richard Glumac”. Brick Graffiti Series.
More circa-1935 graffiti.
“R.S. ’14”. Brick Graffiti Series.
The guard shack protecting the Nike launch pad.
Fantastic brick graffiti piece by a Duluthian in 1933! Is the stick drawing of a horse? Feel free to weigh in.
A sign hanging near the shop office.
Who is Jo Jew? Is it you?
“N.L. ’45”. Brick Graffiti Series.
“M.H. ’56; Al Malmsten ’44”. Brick Graffiti Series.
Ruster at The Pool… employee graffiti about 100 above ground.
“Richard Glumac ’45”. Brick Graffiti Series.
Chicago-made fire door.
In the soft wood of the machine, an employee left their mark.
Next to the pit in the maintenance shop is “The Wall”… where rail workers wrote about interesting happenings at Shoreham.
” Joe Sheldon; R.K. ’47-’48”. Brick Graffiti Series.
Miscellaneous math and strange instructions remain all across the shipment section walls. Sadly, this section likely fell into disrepair before the others.
Graffiti by a crew member of the Algolake.
“Dale Rossetter ’54”. Brick Graffiti Series.
Circa-1960s graffiti. Someone got their ass kicked.
Circa-1935 graffiti in concrete across the slip from Huron-Portland.
The corners of these buildings are inscribed by a century of bored rail workers and delivery drivers. Pictured is the southeast corner of the Twohy, which is typical of mercantiles.
Drawn in fresh concrete about 50 years before I took this picture, and only 2 years after this elevator blew up…
Moon of M.R. 5-22-1985. Brick Graffiti Series.
“R.M. ’43”. Brick Graffiti Series.
An arrangement of brick graffiti on the old boiler house building near the railroad tracks.
“Daisy”… probably for the mill, as it was unusual for women to work at Daisy.