MOUNT VERNON — The concept was to preserve various images of the current building, formerly known as The Buckeye Candy & Tobacco Building and The Kelser Dowds Building. Although the businesses have been discontinued, having closed the doors many years ago, there are still images inside the building that portray an era of days gone by.
The images include the original promotional advertising for the cigarettes; the “Candy is Delicious Food — Enjoy Some Every Day!” logo; the old mail slot in the front door; the aging chair left behind on the second floor; and the woodwork and rounded office window. These photographs depict a view of the building from a different perspective — preserving pieces of the businesses that were seen daily.
Anyone looking at the vacant room on the second floor (first photograph on second row), will notice the fireproof ceiling, made of bricks. The handle on the drawer was used numerous times a day, it is located at the front counter. The original “Kelser-Dowds Company” in white paint beneath the current Buckeye Candy and Tobacco Co. sign can be seen in the poster.
The current owner of the building agreed that this commemorative poster would preserve some history of this wonderful, historic building of Mount Vernon through this limited edition of 250 posters. From each poster sale, the designer/artist, Jamie L. Henry of Zig 9 Design Studio, will donate $5 to the Heritage Centre of Mount Vernon to further preserve the building and downtown Mount Vernon.
Anyone interested can contact Henry at 397-2166 or firstname.lastname@example.org subject “buckeye building poster,” or the Heritage Centre of Mount Vernon.