Category Archives: Old Signs

Desert Hot Springs Typography

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Why old signs?

I like old hand-made signs because they are a peculiarly ego-free art form. While a good sign attracts attention, its purpose is not to call attention to ITSELF, but to direct the viewer to a place of commerce, a service, … Continue reading

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More Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles

Here are 2 shots of the same wall taken ten years apart to the day. This entire blog could be about Beverly Boulevard between Western and Vermont in Los Angeles. These few urban blocks are incredibly rich with murals and signs. … Continue reading

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Callahan Ranch Hotel: Callahan, California 2007

It’s an incredible, thrilling, twisty lonely 250 mile motorcycle ride on old Highway 3 from Ferndale on the Humbolt Coast to Yreka in Siskiyou County. Halfway between Weaverville and Yreka is the dying lumber, mining and ranching town of Callahan. Don’t … Continue reading

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Sunset and Vine, Hollywood 2006

This was all torn down to build the W Hotel…

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Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles 2001

Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles between Western Ave and 1rst has always been a quirky living outdoor gallery of odd hand-painted signs. This stretch of Beverly was a center of Los Angeles nightlife during the thirties (so an old guy … Continue reading

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Tony Nik’s, San Francisco: Update

I received this comment on last year’s post on the Tony Nik’s sign in San Francisco I have the answers to all your questions (at least the ones posed above). Tony Nik was actually Antonio Nicco, my grandfather. When prohibition … Continue reading

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Portland, Oregon Food Trucks

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Highway 395 Near Bridgeport, CA

A recent trip up Highway 395 from Los Angeles to Yosemite didn’t yield too many sign discoveries. We where rushing a bit to cover as much ground as we could while the baby slept, and then spent most of the … Continue reading

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Random Wanderings Through San Francisco

Just rambling through Chinatown, North Beach, The Tenderloin…

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