27 July 2017

Throwback Thursday ~ Dragon was Slain!

27 JULY 2009

Tucson's Own Dragon Slayer ~

Sadly, this mural is long gone...  What was once a fabulous land of fairytale imagery was painted over years ago. And now, in fact, Bookmans no longer occupies that retail space. They consolidated their east side locations to just the one on Speedway. 

This knight in shining armor is defending the corner of Grant and Campbell against a dragon attack. The east facing walls of Bookmans (one of Tucson's best used book stores) are decorated with a series of fantasy murals. According to the staff, all mural characters have been given nicknames. The knight is "Hugh" and the dragon is "Harold."

I'll post more images from this wonderful fairytale art in the weeks ahead. Come back for "Damsel in Distress," "Evil Queen," "Mr. Be-header," "Venus de Milo's Sister," and "Pirate Ship."

Grant & Campbell


  1. Bookmans' move was the end of an era for Campbell-Grant. In the '90s there was so much unique retail there--bookstores (including David Laird's great Books West Southwest), record stores, the Folk Shop, art stores... The Folk Shop is still there but most of the rest are gone.

  2. This is great. Thanks! On the Tucson Murals Project blog, we're always looking for historic mural photos. We post them and keep copies. May I copy the photo and show it on that blog (with credit to you and a link to this post)?