This is Glassie the greyhound; an antique, four foot-long fiberglass sign which
hung outside a bus station somewhere in the southwest hung in Greyhound’s corporate headquarters in Dallas for decades. She looks suspiciously like Nina, no?
I found it on Arizona’s Craigslist, and though we’ve been actively getting rid of things around here lately, it was cheap enough that I decided to grab it. Not only do I think it’d look great displayed in our home office or even the brick walls in our garage, but these things have a great deal of value to collectors of old advertising, and even interior decorators who want to add something big and unexpected to a room. I’m thinking about maybe reproducing them for sale in plaster or fiberglass.
I’d have to be very careful about treading on an active copyright, of course; perhaps with a few small changes to the design I can stay legal, while keeping its soul intact. It’s just a brilliant piece of advertising history.
So how’d this big, delicate old pup get here from Arizona? Well, my friends the Luhrs are on their way through as they head towards Alumapalooza, beginning in just a few days in Ohio. And though I’ll be there as well (Melissa may hang back and catch up on design work) this thing is clunky enough that it was worth a quick run to the interstate to intercept them yesterday. Glassie, as they’ve affectionately named her, sat wrapped like a mummy on their trailer’s bed for the past week as they wended their way east.
So I guess you’d say there are three greyhounds in the family now; two of which need food, love, endless cuddling and daily walks… and the third, who only asks that you occasionally dust her.