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Mail Pouch painter was veteran of 99th years ago

Harley Warrick of L/393 was the world famous "mail pouch painter" who adorned barns across the nation with that tobacco logo on barns.

He was honored at Belmont PA, his hometown, when they proclaimed it "Harley Warrick Day."

Warrick had been called "the last of the Mail Pouch barn painters." He started in 1946 when a Mail Pouch team painted his family barn with the tobacco sign and they asked him to join the team.

Warrick died Nov. 24, 2000, at the age of 76.

In early years he could paint a sign in six hours, sometimes two a day. He painted more than 4,000 barns during his career.

The company stopped painting Mail Pouch logos in 1969, but many barns remain today. Many have been designated as National Landmarks.

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