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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”