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WPG HARP

The Winnipeg Historic Advertising Restoration Project

This is just an idea I’m looking to develop.

In Winnipeg, there is a good number of historic advertising signs on the sides of buildings. I think it would be great to restore these to their former glory.

Some questions —

1. Does it all have to be authentic? Could we support the production of a new sign on an old building as long as it met certain criteria. Like a relatively young pro sports team produces a faux “vintage” jersey.

2. Could we reproduce signs from buildings that are already gone on another appropriate building?

3. Would there be interest in corporate support? Say in reproducing historic product ads?

4. Agencies and levels of government do we approach?

Any input and help would be more then welcome.

Thank You

Edward Brohm

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