As Paul Becker sprayed a mixture of Downy fabric softener and hot water on the walls at Toy Box Catering on Main Street in Danville, layers of wallpaper peeled off and the history of the building began to appear.
In the summer of 1956, art professor John Randolf Gordon was back in Danville on summer break from East Carolina College when George Perros, a friend and owner of the Town House on Main Street, offered him some money, around $50, to brighten things up at the restaurant.
Gordon did his art work at night and gave the walls a horsey Kentucky scene. Like the mural, Gordon's work usually focused on countrysides and small towns, likely an influence from growing up in Danville.
The Toy Box is owned by Paul Becker's parents, Steve and Mimi Becker.