Monday, November 17, 2008

looking for signs

More things I love! Earlier this month, Anne had a lovely post of Austin's neon signs, and today Diana had a post FULL of mural signs--my favourites! The post has lots of commentary from Walter Grutchfield, a self-proclaimed "archaeologist of signs." I want to join that club. Awesome.
"He has set himself the task of photographing every old sign in Manhattan between 14th and 42nd Streets, a 300-block area containing some of the most densely inscribed buildings in the world.

Mr. Grutchfield's specialty is what he calls the wall-painted sign—what others call mural signs or "ghost signs"—which are advertisements painted in huge letters across buildings. Most of these advertisements were painted more than 50 years ago."

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