While we were driving to Morgantown, West Virginia for our granddaughter’s graduation from West Virginia University in May, we passed a pink-painted barn with a pink Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon. We were unable to stop while traveling in that direction but we watched for it on our return trip, which was difficult as we did not know exactly where the barn was.
We eventually found the barn just west of Harmon, West Virginia. To get a better view of the barn we turned onto Whitmer Rd. – the barn is in a field between Whitmer Rd. and Rt. 33. The front of the barn is pink with a pink ribbon promoting breast cancer awareness while one side of the barn is black with a quit smoking message and the quit tobacco phone number.
We have seen a number of barns in West Virginia painted with a Mail Pouch Tobacco advertisement and I have thought about photographing some of them, but haven’t had a convenient opportunity to do that. After seeing this barn, it has become a higher priority to find and photograph some Mail Pouch Tobacco barns for comparison before they fall into disrepair or are demolished.
Scenic USA – West Virginia – Randolph County-Gone Pink
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resource – Local Communities get Involved in Breast Cancer Awareness … (7.0 MB PDF)
Hagen History Center – Mail Pouch Barns: A Fading American Icon
- Date: 5/14/2023
- Time: 2:23 PM
- Camera: Canon EOS 77D
- Lens: Sigma 24-105 mm f/4 DG OS HSM
- Lens: 68 mm, f/6.3
- ISO: 100
- Shutter: 1/200 sec
- Cropped image is 5476 x 3651 px
- GPS: 38°54’34.4″ N 79°32’36.8″ W