My friend Dave Hotstream has been posting photos of his neighborhood. That inspired me to dust off iPhoto and compile a set of photos of my own neighborhood. I’m a lettering nerd, so I usually take photos of signs. Luckily, my neighborhood is full of old, beautiful and/or weird specimens.
Most of the sign aficionados I know consider the advent of vacuformed and cut plastic signs to be the beginning of the end. They are probably right, but I’m still kind of obsessed with these things.
I adore “boring” signs like these two. They don’t need fancy swashes or anything like that to get the job done.
I suppose it’s not surprising that this place is near the taxidermist.
Some of the building owners seem to have gone out of their way to preserve old signs. They should get a trophy or something.
The ligature and the super thin parentheses on this one are stellar.
This place is covered in lettering like this. It’s crazy.
“Klein Bros.” That’s all it says. No “Hardware Store” or “Attorney at Law” or “Pet Hotel”. Thus, I have no idea what the Klein brothers do.