My husband served his apprenticeship in a sign shop as a Pictorial Artist. As well as doing signs, he did display work. Back in those days the large billboards were all hand painted.
He designed and built floats for the PNE (Pacific National Exhibition.) As I was going through the “oldie” pictures, I came across “The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe” with Ra and Danny waving as they pretended that they were in the parade. That float, built in 1954, won a prize, and toured around to many other parades, including one in Seattle.
They needed a sign for the entrance to the Shrine Circus that would be at the PNE that year. There was a contest to find the design that would be used. Some pretty fancy sketches were submitted. On his lunch hour, Mickey drew his idea on a brown paper bag and submitted that… and it won. He had the job of building the sign. I don’t remember what the prize was!
Now why would I write about the PNE in January, when it actually occurs late in August through until Labour Day in September? A couple of reasons… it had the kids posing on the float… and January 3rd is my husband’s birthday.
Happy Birthday, Mickey!