American Icons

An enormous American flag behind a McDonalds restaurant.

The American flag is a symbol of of the United States and its wealth and power recognized around the world. The logos of many American business corporations have also become known in even the most remote corners of the world as symbolic of American cultural and economic influence.

McDonald’s restaurants are one of these American icons. I remember, when I was young, when the Soviet Union allowed a McDonald’s to open in Moscow. This was when Russia was still under Communist rule, and tens of thousands of Russians lined up to eat there.

This McDonald’s is on Coliseum Boulevard in my hometown; Fort Wayne, Indiana. The flag is the gigantic American flag at Glenbrook Dodge, a car dealer located next door to the restaurant. The flag, which is 80 feet long, normally flies at the top of a 200 foot tall flagpole, but it was flying at half-staff to honor the victims of a terrorist attack that took place in Belgium a few days earlier.

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Vacant Storefront For Rent in Avilla

An American flag and stars painted on the front windows of a vacant storefront for rent in Avilla, Indiana.

This is a vacant storefront next to Charlie’s True Value Hardware, in a shopping center in the small town of Avilla, Indiana.

The handpainted window says “6600 Square Feet To Rent. Call Charlie.”

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Perfect 10 Salon – Jesus Saves

Perfect 10 Hair Salon and Boutique in Avilla, Indiana. The sign in front of the salon says, Jesus Saves.

Perfect 10 Hairstyling Salon is located in a house on the south side of Albion Street, next to a shopping center in the small town of Avilla, Indiana.

The sign in the front yard says: “Perfect 10 Salon Boutique. Jesus Saves.”

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Sparta United Church of Christ

Sparta United Church of Christ, an old brick church in the small town of Kimmell, Indiana. Photographed at first light in the morning before sunrise. A neon sign that says Jesus Never Fails and a neon cross hang above the door.
The neon sign over the door says: “Jesus Never Fails.”

Sparta United Church of Christ is an old brick church surrounded by a cemetery in the small town of Kimmell, Indiana. The original name of Kimmell was Sparta, which is why this church bears the name.

The neon sign over the door says: “Jesus Never Fails.”

I photographed it in the very early morning, at the first light of the day, before the sun rose.

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Country Road On A Rainy Morning

County Road 70, a gravel road flanked by fields on a rainy morning in rural Dekalb County, Indiana.
The first of two photographs that I made in the rain last Thursday morning in rural Dekalb County, Indiana.
A gravel road running through hilly farmland on a rainy morning in rural Indiana.
The second of two photographs that I made in the rain last Thursday morning in rural Dekalb County, Indiana.

Last Thursday, a rainy March morning, I took a drive through rural Dekalb County, Indiana. This gravel road winding through hilly farmland is County Road 70, just east of State Road 3.

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Silver Screen Theater

The marquee and entrance to the closed Silver Screen Theater in the small town of Garrett, Indiana.
The Silver Screen Theater closed in 2014.

The Silver Screen Theater is on Randolph Street (State Road 327) in the small town of Garrett, Indiana. It was built in 1939 as the Gala, and was later renamed the Silver Screen. It closed in 2014 because the owners couldn’t afford to convert it to digital projection.

Small, locally-owned theaters like the Silver Screen held on longer in small towns than they did in the larger cities, where giant multiplex theaters drove the little ones out of business years ago.

The company that owns the Silver Screen also owns the Strand Theater in Kendallville and the Auburn-Garrett Drive-In, both of which were still open when I made this photograph in March, 2016.

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Path of Life Community Church

Bright red doors on the front of an old white church in rural Dekalb County, Indiana. Path of Life Community Church on State Road 327.

Rural Indiana is dotted with small, old churches. Many of them are still in operation. This is Path of Life Community Church on State Road 327, between Garrett and Corunna, in rural Dekalb County, Indiana.

The red doors are unusual. Most of these old churches have doors that are either white, or natural wood that has a brown stain finish.

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Fulton Apartments #2

An American flag covers a window in Fulton Apartments, a brick apartment building on Fulton Street in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Fulton Apartments is a small two-story brick apartment building on Fulton Street, north of Washington Boulevard, in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. The resident of one of the apartments on the front of the building has a large American flag covering their window.

I posted another photograph of Fulton Apartments a couple weeks ago.

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Love Supermarket #2

Signs advertising cigarettes and ice cream next to an American flag mural on the front of Love Supermarket on Union Street in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Love Supermarket is a small, locally-owned grocery store at the corner of Union Street and 10th Street in Mishawaka, Indiana.

The front of the store is dominated by a huge American flag painted on the brick building. The windows are covered in signs advertising cigarettes, e-cigs, and ice cream!

I posted a color photograph of Love Supermarket a couple weeks ago.

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In a PERFECT World…

In a perfect world, you and I would be together. Written in chalk on a boarded up storefront on College Avenue in Indianapolis.
In a PERFECT world…You and I would be together!

This abandoned storefront is on College Avenue, just south of 38th Street on the east side of Indianapolis. An envelope of chalk hangs on the boarded-up window, so that passers-by can complete the sentence, “In a PERFECT world…”

The day I made this photograph, it said: “In a PERFECT world…You and I would be together!”

I photographed this place two years earlier in black and white. The messages written on the boarded-up windows were different then.

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