Greene County Mail Pouch Barns - Greene County, Pennsylvania




BROWSE by SUBJECT

Click image to enlarge

Courtesy of the Greene County Living Magazine, Spring 2010 Ed. of the Observer-Reporter

Mail Pouch Barn Sources:
www.ohiobarns.com
www.thebarnjournal.org
    >> homepage >> government >> About Us >> Historic Sites >> Mail Pouch Barns
Mail Pouch Barns of Greene County
Greene County, Pennsylvania


Contact Person: JoAnne Marshall, Communications Director/Tourism

Ben Franklin Building, 19 South Washington Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-627-TOUR (8687) • Toll-Free: 877-280-TOUR / Fax: 724-627-8608
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m., Monday—Friday

"CHEW MAIL POUCH TOBACCO — Treat Yourself to the Best."
— BILLBOARD FROM YESTERYEAR —
Mail Pouch Barns - "chewing tobacco company advertisement":
A Mail Pouch Tobacco Barn, or simply Mail Pouch Barn, is a barn with one or more sides painted from 1890 to 1992 with a barn advertisement for the West Virginia Mail Pouch chewing tobacco company (Bloch Brothers Tobacco Company), based in Wheeling, West Virginia. At the height of the program in the early 1960s, there were about 20,000 Mail Pouch barns spread across 22 states. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mail_Pouch_Tobacco_Barn)

These barns can be found in Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and California (Ontario, on Jurupa and Turner) although an increasing number have fallen into dilapidation or have been demolished. The barns, usually hand-painted in black or red with yellow or white capital lettering, read as follows: "Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco Treat Yourself to the Best." Sometimes they are surrounded on the left and right by a thin vertical blue border.

In Greene County, at least 30 Mail Pouch barns once stood along the major thoroughfares of Routes 21, 19, 18, and 88. At least a dozen picture-perfect vistas (mail pouch barns) continue to be scattered along the major country highways, all in various stages of repair/disrepair! These landmarks have become mini-tourist attractions, and amateur photographers can be seen along the roads, angling for the best shots. These barns are remnants of an advertising campaign that started more than 100 years ago but they have become beloved pieces of American history. Devour enthusiasts spend many hours driving around rural highways collecting barn photos.

Mail Pouch Barns of Greene County:
Barn ID No. MPB 38-30-01: Khedive, PA:
Location: Route 21 east of I-79 by 7.3 miles on left side of road. Latitude: N39 52.66 / Longitude: W80 01.09
Barn Photo 1, Photo 1, and Photo 1 Map
(Notes: 1 side
Bottom photo of initials by Lonnie Schnauffer).



Barn Photo 1
Barn ID No: MPB 38-30-02: Waynesburg, PA
Location: Rt 21 east of I-79 by 3.4 miles outside of Waynesburg. (Barn has fallen)
Lat: N39 53.14/Long: W80 05.07
Barn Photo 2 Map
Notes: 1 end
Barn had completely fallen down as of October 2001.


Barn ID No: MPB 38-30-03
Location: 2 miles south east on Route 19, from Rts 21 and 19 south intersect toward Kirby, on left side of road. Lat: N39 53.12/Long: W80 09.69
Notes: both ends painted.


Barn ID No: MPB 38-30-04, Waynesburg, PA:
Located on Rt 19 south 6 miles of Rt 21 intersection on right side. Latitude: N39 49.87 / Longitude: W80 07.43
Location: Rt 19 south of Rt 21 intersection by 1 mile. Lat: N39 53.12/Long: W80 09.69
Map
Notes: both sides painted and initialed by Harley '89 and Mark Turley '91.
Photos courtesy of photos by Bill Plack.



Barn Photo 1
Barn ID No: MPB 38-30-05, Greene County, PA:
Location: Rt 19 south of Rt 21 intersection by 11 miles.
Latitude: N39 48.07 / Longitude: W80 06.95
Photo 2
Notes: 2 ends
Photo #2 courtesy of Jim Langston.



Barn Photo 1
Barn ID No: MPB 38-30-06: Kirby, PA
Location: Rt 19 south of Rt 21 intersection by 8 miles. Route 19 South and North Branch Road intersect southern edge of Kirby, right side of road past brick house.
Latitude: N39 45.58 / Longitude: W80 04.99
Notes: Painted on 1 side.



Barn Photo 1
Barn ID No: MPB 38-30-07, Greene County, PA
Location: Rt 18 south of Rt 21 by 10 miles.
Latitude: N39 46.60 / Longitude: W80 24.14
Photo 2
Notes: 1 side, and the barn is built over a small creek.


Barn ID No: MPB 38-30-08, Greene County, PA
Location: Rt 18 south of Rt 21 by 1.5 miles.
Latitude: N39 51.82 / Longitude: W80 17.91
Notes: 2 sides of barn painted



Photo 1
Barn ID No: MPB 38-30-09, Greene County, PA
Location: Rt 21 north of Rt 18 by .1 mile.
Latitude: N39 52.63 / Longitude: W80 16.99
Photo 2 (Courtesy of Rick Campbell)
Notes: 1 end painted


ID No: MPB 38-30-10, Sugar Grove, PA
Location: Rt 88 south of Rt 21 by 2 miles.
Latitude: N39 50.10 / Longitude: W79 57.93
Notes: 1 end painted (building near collapse); Fox Property.


ID No: MPB 38-30-11, Carmichaels, PA
Location: On Betty Lane in Carmichaels
Latitude / Longitude: n/a
Notes: 1 end painted.
Photo courtesy of Lonnie Schnauffer


Barn ID No. 38-30-12, Wind Ridge, PA:
Located near Wind Ridge on PA Rt. 21, west of the PA Rt.21/PA Rt. 18 split by 10.5 miles. (on the left side of the road as you head west).
Latitude / Longitude: n/a
Photo 2 (1978), Photo 3 & Photo 4 (1986)
(Photo 1 courtesy of Rick Campbell, Photo 2 courtesy of Fred Yenerall, Photos 3 & 4 courtesy of Bill Plack)


Barn ID No. 38-30-13, Waynesburg, PA:
Location: 2 miles north of Waynesburg on Route 19. (Coming from Waynesburg, barn will be on the left / on the Badali Property)
Latitude: N39 55.66 / Longitude: W80 11.94
Notes: structure has been covered over with brown-shingles, had been painted on one end.


Barn ID No. 38-30-14, Waynesburg, PA
Locations: 1 mile north east on Highway 18 on left side of road. Latitude: / Longitude: n/a
Notes: Photo courtesy of Elmer Napier



Photo 1
Barn ID No. 38-30-15, Waynesburg, PA
Locations: Rt. 19 north of Waynesburg - south of Lone Pine by about 10.2 miles. Latitude: / Longitude: n/a
Photo 2 (1990) and Photo 3 (1978)
Notes: Photos courtesy of Elmer Napier (Photo 1), Bill Plack (Photo 2), and Fred yenerall (Photo 3).



1986
Barn ID No. 38-30-16, Graysville, PA
Locations: Rt. 21, at SR4009, west end of Graysville. Latitude: / Longitude: n/a
Notes: Photos courtesy of Bill Plack



1986
Barn ID No. MPB 38-30-17, Rutan/Graysville, PA

Location:
Rte 21, between Rutan and Graysville. Latitude/Longitude: n/a
Notes: 1 end, Barn is still there but sign has been painted over. Photo courtesy of Bill Plack (1986)


No
Photo
Available
Barn ID No: 38-30-18, New Freeport, PA:
Location: 2 miles north on Highway 18; barn is covered with vegetation



1978
Barn ID No: 38-30-19, near Waynesburg, PA:
Location: near Waynesburg; Latitude: / Longitude: n/a
Notes: possibly no longer standing.
Location: Rt 21 west of Rogersville. Latitude: / Longitude: n/a
Notes: Barn is probably gone. Photo courtesy of Fred Yenerall.



1979
Barn ID No: 38-30-20, New Freeport, PA:
Location: 2 miles north of New Freeport on Rt. 18 (Kennedy Property). Latitude: / Longitude: n/a
Notes: Barn is on the right coming from Waynesburg. Photo courtesy of Fred Yenerall.
Location: Rt 21 west of Rogersville. Latitude: / Longitude: n/a
Notes: Barn is probably gone. Photo courtesy of Fred Yenerall.



1977
Barn ID No: 38-30-21, Waynesburg, PA:
Location: Rt 21 - south of Waynesburg. Latitude: / Longitude: n/a
Notes: Barn is probably gone. Photo courtesy of Fred Yenerall.
Location: Rt 21 west of Rogersville. Latitude: / Longitude: n/a
Notes: Barn is probably gone. Photo courtesy of Fred Yenerall.


No
Photo
Available
Barn ID No: 38-30-22, Greene County, PA:
Location: unknown. Latitude: / Longitude: n/a
Notes: Barn is gone.
Location: Rt 21 west of Rogersville. Latitude: / Longitude: n/a
Notes: Barn is probably gone. Photo courtesy of Fred Yenerall.



1978
Barn ID No: 38-30-23, Rogersville, PA:
Location: Rt 21 west of Rogersville. Latitude: / Longitude: n/a
Notes: Barn is probably gone. Photo courtesy of Fred Yenerall.



1978
Barn ID No: 38-30-24, Rutan, PA:
Location: Rt 21 west of Rutan. Latitude: / Longitude: n/a
Notes: Barn is gone. Photo courtesy of Fred Yenerall.



1978
Barn ID No: 38-30-25, Wind Ridge, PA:
Location: Rt 21 west of Wind Ridge. Latitude: / Longitude: n/a
Notes: Barn is probably gone. Photo courtesy of Fred Yenerall.



1978
Barn ID No: 38-30-26, Graysville, PA:
Location: Rt 21 near Graysville. Latitude: / Longitude: n/a
Notes: Barn is probably gone. Photo courtesy of Fred Yenerall.


Barn in Mt. Morris, PA:
Location: Latitude: N39 48.09 / Longitude: W80 06.95. Rt 19 south of Route 21 intersection by 11 miles. Coming from Waynesburg, barn will be on left side of raod (look back to see it).


Rogersville, PA:
Located at the junction of Highway 18 & 21 west on right side of road, Rogersville, PA


Waynesburg, PA:
Located 6 miles east on Highway 21 (Hwy 21 & Hwy 18 near Waynesburg); initialed by Harley Warrick '89 and Mark Turley '91.


History of the Mail Pouch Barns:
  • Mail Pouch discontinued sign painting in 1969, in part due to the Federal Highway Beautification Act that prohibited outdoor advertising within 660’ of a federally funded highway. Existing signs weren’t affected but further restrictions and costs doomed the program. Later, Mail Pouch signs were designated National Landmarks which allowed Warwick to continue painting despite restrictions on tobacco advertising.

    Some Mail Pouch barn owners still get a stipend for keeping the advertisement visible. Swisher International, a Jacksonville, Florida company better known for its cigars, now makes the payments, since Mail Pouch chewing tobacco is one of its brands. It's now up to the individual property owners to keep these pieces of Americana intact.

  • MAURICE ZIMMERMAN - An Original Barn Painter (Source: www.ohiobarns.com)
  • If you were to travel some of the U,S, routes throughout the Northeastern part of these United States, such as New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, or West Virginia, you will probably see some remains of a now forgotten art of outdoor advertising by way of the Mail Pouch Tobacco barn signs.

    This all started back in 1925 in Syracuse, New York, when six men, 2 per truck, started their "barnstorming" painting: of Mail Pouch signs on barns. The trucks were Ford model T's with side curtains.
    The original six man crew included: Bill Hart, Bill Bucks, Kenneth Walkerman, Carl Wunelle, and Maurice Zimmerman. Mr. Zimmerman, affectionately called "Zim" by family and friends, is the only living member of the original crew. He is the one who tells this story of barn advertising signs.

    Zim was 18 when he graduated from high school near Washington Ct. House, Ohio, in 1924. His brother, Walter, was an executive with the YMCA, then living in Youngstown, Ohio. He urged him to come to Youngstown to find a job. He became interested in sign painting and went to night school at the YMCA and worked during the day as an apprentice in a sign studio.

    In August of 1925, Maurice traveled to Syracuse where he met the contractor for the sign work which was hired by the Bloch Brothers Tobacco Co. in Wheeling, W,Va., where they manufactured Mail Pouch chewing tobacco. The money paid to the contractor to do barn signs was from funds the Company allotted for Advertising. From Syracuse they traveled west on main highways, the U,S. and state highways. They looked for barns to paint their signs on.

  • HARLEY WARRICK - The Last Barn Painter
  • Harley Warrick, 76, who was among a dozen sign painters who advertised the joys of chewing tobacco on the side of thousands of Appalachian and Midwestern barns, died November 24 in Wheeling, West Virginia.

    Mr. Warrick and other barn painters traveled America’s heartland for months at a time to cover barns with black, white and yellow signs reading "CHEW MAIL POUCH TOBACCO. TREAT YOURSELF TO THE BEST." Warrick spent 55 years painting or retouching more than 20,000 barns. "The first 1000 were a little rough, and after that you got the hang of it" he said in a 1997 interview.
    Harley painted by eye, starting at the center with the “E” in “CHEW.” At first he painted six days a week and prepared paint in 5-gallon kegs on Sundays. Wages were $32 weekly. With a helper filling in the black background, Harley did a new sign in six hours - sometimes two a day. Warrick could repaint up to six barns in a day. He worked in 13 states from Michigan to Missouri to New York, and painted about 4000 barns but they needed retouching every 4-5 years.

    Mr. Warrick retired in 1993 but continued to paint barns, repainting his last in October at Barkcamp State Park in his hometown of Belmont. Warrick originally painted the 150-year old barn in the early 1980s.

    Click here for more information on Mr. Warrick.

For general information, please contact the Information Services
at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399
Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370

 

Today's date is: