I quickly discovered that barns often have some sort of graffiti inside, whether a date traced in a cement floor, a cattle brand burned into the wall, or even spray painted initials of youngsters in love. Now whenever I go into a barn for the first time, I'm always on the lookout for these barn signatures. Often people will point them out to me right away, indicating that they are just as interested as I am. This barn graffiti is significant because it shows that people felt a barn was an important enough place in which to leave their mark. A good many people spent a goodly portion of their lives working in barns, so it's no surprise that they wanted to leave behind some evidence of their having been there.
And so now, for your viewing pleasure, is a selection of some of the barn art I've come across.
|A name is carved in the cement floor of a barn southwest of Radville. There might have been a date once too, but it appears to have slipped through the cracks of time.|
|Another "A.V." - this one is carved in a barn southeast of Ceylon owned by the Verbeurgt family.|
|Continuing with the "A" theme, this one comes from the North Star barn south of Ceylon. Allan Ayotte figured it was probably him who put it there when he was a kid during the 1950s.|
|A young couple expressed their love for each other with spray painted initials in a barn southeast of Radville.|
|These three photos all come from the same barn southeast of Radville.|
|"M.M" initials carved into the wall of the chop bin in the McGrath barn southwest of Ceylon, built 1912.|
|A larger view of the wall, which is full of carving and pencil marks, though they aren't very clear in this photo. However, I can make out "Big Cow." What can you see?|