The Mail Pouch Barn of Brown's Forge ~ Gaylordsville Connecticut
I've eagerly been waiting for the right conditions to photograph this vintage New England barn that resides off a scenic rural road in northwestern Connecticut. I obtained permission to access the property for an unobstructed view in advance, and monitored the fall foliage conditions until the colors were just right.
The history behind the Mail Pouch barns is rather interesting. Mail Pouch was a chewing tobacco company based in West Virginia, and dating back to 1913 barn owners were paid up to $2.00 per year to allow their barns to be used for advertisement. It's estimated as many as 20,000 barns from Indiana and Wisconsin, as far south as the Carolinas and north up to Connecticut had been painted with this advertisement. Many such barns after the 1940's had fallen into disrepair or had been demolished.
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Brown's Forge Mail Pouch Barn
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