The Story of the Allen-Morrison Company and the Amazing Surviving Silkscreens

In the early 1900s, an industrial site off of Fort Ave. in Lynchburg, VA was home to the Thornhill Wagon Company. The Thornhill Wagon Co. made farm wagons and later dabbled in the manufacturing of automobiles.

The operation was later acquired by the Allen-Morrison Corporation who was best known for making the now iconic metal Coca-Cola signs. Allen-Morrison grew to become one of the largest sign manufacturers in North America and their clients included household brand names such as Dr. Pepper, Pennzoil, Goodyear and Jack Daniels. In 1996, the operation was unceremoniously shuttered. The buildings were abandoned and the entire site fell into a gradual state of dilapidation.

Eventually, the City of Lynchburg acquired the site. Given the conditions, the City planned to demolish the buildings and transform them into an eco-park. Before the demolition in 2010, many items were salvaged and circulated throughout the area. Among them was a collection of vintage industrial silkscreens that were used in the production of advertising signs. Destined for the landfill, these incredible pieces of American industrial artwork deserved to be preserved. Galaxie Modern acquired a variety of themes and sizes of the silkscreens. While many have found homes over the years, we are proud to have retained a number of one-of-a-kind works of art, which hold a special place in the history of Lynchburg and advertising design.