Project Scope : Reisch Brewing Company was Springfield, Illinois' longest operating brewery, founded in 1849. After falling victim to competition from larger corporations, the brewery fell under in 1966. In the year 2019, a determined group of breweriana collectors collaborated to create Reisch Charities, a non-profit 501 C3 organization whose [...]
Circa : 1950 "The Central Illinois Public Service Company was an electric streetcar holding company and power utility first organized in 1902. Under its later quarter billion dollar holding company, CIPSCO Inc. (formerly NYSE: CIP), it merged in 1997 with the larger neighboring Union Electric Company of Missouri (formerly NYSE: UEP) to form Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE) based in St. Louis, Missouri. Now a subsidiary, AmerenCIPS is headquartered in Springfield, Illinois"- Wikipedia Central Illinois Power [...]
Circa : 1949 This neon window sign originally hung in the window of Ace Sign Co.’s 1949 store front at 114 N. 2nd. The original glass blown by Ace Sign Co.’s tube bender, Glen Gates, still burns brightly without any need for repair in over 60 years.
Circa: 1940 The Neon Advertising Clock was patented in 1940 by Mannie E. Winger of the Electric Neon Clock Company. This particular early unit is still running strong. It features a porcelain enamel steel body with a Retro Aztec Design, an inner glow of green neon and an outer band of pink neon. A hand [...]