The latest issue of Show Me Missouri, a quarterly travel magazine, features a great article about Mesker facades by Jim Winnerman, who in recent memory has already written several Mesker pieces. Entitled Pressed for Time, the article provides the usual historic information about the companies and their products, but the real treat lies in Jim’s profiling of specific communities, buildings, and owners. Examples from Louisiana, Cuba, and Manchester are highlighted along with local efforts to preserve these resources. Jim also interviewed David Mesker, the grandson of Frank Mesker of Mesker Brothers, and several of David’s quotes appear in the article. The piece concludes with information about a contest, which Jim and I are sponsoring, to find some MO Meskers (or even more Missouri Meskers, to be exact). All submissions that are new to the database will be entered into a drawing for a Mesker Brothers hat, to be held on August 1. Of the nearly 5,000 projected original Missouri installations only 162 have been identified thus far. So there should be plenty of opportunities to find a few more. After you’ve verified with the Missouri database that the building has not yet been identified, you can send a photo of the facade along with other pertinent information to firstname.lastname@example.org
The magazine does not have an online edition and I am not allowed to reproduce the article here (at least not yet…) so unless you already subscribe, you can get a copy when it hits newsstands on June 1. In the meantime, below are a few great Meskers from the Show Me State that were recently added into the database.