The Mail Pouch barn is a true and enduring part of Americana. Mail Pouch painted barns and signs have been a part of the American and West Virginia landscape for over 100 years…but are disappearing at a fast pace. The Bloch Brothers Tobacco Company and Mail Pouch began in Wheeling, WV in the late 19th century. The idea for using barns as advertising billboards was born there.
Steve Shaluta has researched old Mail Pouch painter location records and crisscrossed the back roads of West Virginia searching for these Mail Pouch advertisement icons, resulting in images of all the Mail Pouch barns and signs which remain. Sit back, relax and travel these back roads with photographer Steve Shaluta, and enjoy a visual journey into the past and present, or use the provided directions to each location and take this journey yourself. Who knows Steve may have missed a few you could discover
Steve Shaluta is a professional photographer based out of St. Albans, WV. He became interested in photography in 1978 after borrowing a friend’s 35mm camera to take nature photographs. The photography bug soon bit him and in 1985 after nearly 15 years working as a locomotive engineer in his hometown of Grafton, WV, he resigned to become a full time professional photographer. A decision he has never regretted. Since 1985 Steve’s primary career has been as a staff photographer for the state of WV photographing its natural beauty and attractions to promote tourism. But he also has a very successful freelance photography career. Between both careers he has had literally thousands of images published over the last 31 years, including well over 300 magazine covers and to date 9 books. To view more of Steve's photography or to purchase prints visit Steve at www.steveshaluta.com.