Booche's photo unveiled as Columbia's annual commemorative poster

Monday, August 8, 2011 | 8:15 p.m. CDT; updated 8:21 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 8, 2011
Edgar I. Ailor’s photograph, “Booches-since 1884” was recently awarded the 2011 Commemorative Poster for the city of Columbia.

COLUMBIA — When Edgar I. Ailor thinks about Columbia’s history, he thinks about a burger joint.

Ailor’s photograph, “Booches-since 1884” was recently awarded the 2011 Commemorative Poster for the city of Columbia.

A committee of members on the Commission of Cultural Affairs gathered to vote on the winning poster art. The poster was revealed Saturday at the Poster Party fundraiser, which raised about $10,000 for the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

The 20- by- 28-inch posters are on sale at Deck the Walls in the Columbia Mall and the Office of Cultural Affairs for $15.

The proceeds from the poster sales will go to various arts agencies in town, including the True/False Film Festival and the Missouri Contemporary Ballet.

Booche's was one of the first places Ailor visited when he moved to Columbia in 1968, where he practiced medicine until photography became a second career. Since he retired, Ailor has traveled across the country pursuing his love of photography, including taking a 14,000-mile trip across the back roads of America.

Ailor completed his trip in 2008 and has since moved back to Columbia. He continues to eat at and bring friends to Booche's.

“I think a lot of people will enjoy having a poster of Booche's in their home or office,” Ailor said.

But Ailor said it is difficult to make a living as an artist in today's economic environment.

“Something that supports the arts is going to carry even more importance,” Ailor said, referring to fundraising for the arts community.

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