Ontario Bank

By: Lesley

May 12 2011

Category: Kingston, SIGNS


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Perhaps banks were not always the staid and formal places we imagine. In 1894, the Ontario Bank Building on King St in downtown Kingston had a bit of whimsy and fun to their nameplate.

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15 comments on “Ontario Bank”

  1. Love its architecture and bronze color!~

  2. How decorative! I like this.

  3. It looks rather floaty… maybe like the bank rates! I wonder whatever happened to Ontario Bank?

  4. that was when they used to know how to have fun, right?

  5. That’s a great sign, though it is kind of weird.

  6. Reminds me a bit of Google’s doodles.

  7. It reminds me of the feast of Bacchus – grapes especiallly! Is the bank suggesting that it is like some vintage wine cellar? Fascinating photo!

  8. That’s a pretty sign — and ornate! I always imagined banks as being more formal in the “olden” days rather than less, but this sign looks like someone enjoyed a bit of whimsy. I like it.

  9. I’m sure the grandchildren of the sign maker are now working in computer graphics.

  10. Some lovely carving. Nice that is still in place.

  11. It’s a beautiful nameplate! Nice find!

  12. That is a very attractive sign but hard to read. I would imagine that they had another, less ornate sign.

  13. Whoa..that’s an awesome and pretty sign!

  14. a quite unusual sign for a bank, i love it! :p
    i keep thinking of Photo Cache’s After the Quake sign while looking at the letters here.*LOL*

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