Who Were Bell, Barker, and Jennings? (From an Old Sign in Lynchburg, Virginia)

Names on the front of old buildings always make me curious. So, who were these three gents? A law firm? Nope.

Old Sign for Bell, Barker, and Jennings (1892) on the front of an office building in Lynchburg Virginia. Black and white photograph by Keith Dotson.I love photographing old signs, and I love photographing old buildings, but I especially love old signs on old buildings. I often wonder what these old companies might have been.

I found this old sign on a historic block in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia

While it might sound like a modern law firm or advertising agency, the company Bell, Barker, and Jennings was a wholesale hardware company. Established in the 1880s, they sold tools, hardware, and household items like door knobs and lock sets to hardware retailers and to…


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