Signs of the Times
J. Smith & Sons General Merchandise Store on Columbia Street in
Covington has a very intriguing historical museum next door, and the
latest additions to the museum are old "signs of the times," that is,
signage from downtown Covington stores that many people will remember
from years gone by.
This sign was once hanging from the "building supplies" section
of H.J. Smith's Sons. The items on the wall in the background are just
some of the interesting historical artifacts on display. Click on the
image to make it larger.
The Patecek Store was
at the corner of Columbia and Boston Streets, almost across from where
the H.J. Smith & Sons store is located. Click on the images to make
One of Covington's most famous watering holes was Tugy's Bar
located in the Southern Hotel for many years (which also for a time was
the St. Tammany Parish Government Administrative Complex, complete with
courthouse offices and courtrooms, which some claim made it the only
courthouse in the United States with its own corner bar.) Here's the
sign from that establishment. The sign was made by T. L. Radford, who
made many of the signs in the Covington commercial area.
For more information about H.J. Smith & Sons General Merchandise Store, CLICK HERE.
For a map to the store's location, CLICK HERE.