Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
Monday, May 06, 2013
|Delmar Movie Palace is closed, but sign remains Photo by Matthew Bamberg|
In Miami, for example, a few lucky areas have been preserved as districts where both the architecture and signage has been preserved. But outside these areas major rebuilding has taken place without regard to preservation.
The city of Paris saves just about every sign and building ever erected, while the city of London does not.
World globalization and corporate control of the land in much of the world is bad news for old neon and politics plays a major role in any preservation program.
In the city of Los Angeles the Neon Museum (MONA) hosts a program to save and repair the neon so that the signs of yesteryear still glow.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
|Road Runner Motel in Gallup, New Mexico Photo by Matthew Bamberg|
Who doesn't love a roadrunner. Throughout the Western United States, the bird is revered for it's sleek body and long tail. Homage to the lovely bird exists in signage in a few spots of the region.
Friday, May 03, 2013
|Hill Top Motel, Kingman, AZ|
First, the sign maker bends the tubes, a tricky, yet artistic task as each letter must conform to the other and like letters must be bent in exactly the same shape.
To make the neon glow, an electric current must flow thorough the tube. The colors depend on the mixture of gasses inside the tube, usually neon, argon and mercury.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
|Blue Skies Trailer Park sign near Santa Barbara, CA Photo by Matthew Bamberg|
Monday, April 29, 2013
|Pot leaf in neon Photo by Matthew Bamberg|
In my town the marijuana dispensaries wouldn't dare display something like this outside their business (I live in Palm Springs, CA) because it would attract too much attention. The only evidence of there being a business that deals in medical marijuana is a storefront with nothing on it or some innocuous sign with the word "organic" written on it.
Since I don't live in Colorado or Washington state, I have no idea about what's happening the marijuana signage. Since it's legal there, perhaps pot shops don't have to be shy about saying what they are.
In some places in California (like the Coachella Valley where Palm Springs is located) there are far too many people who would object to these signs for them to be put up in front of pot shops. But that still doesn't mean that they're not used in other types of shops. They're also popular in stores that sell clothes that's made of hemp.
Guess I have to take a trip to Boulder, Colorado to see what's happening with signage advertising marijuana.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
|RCA Victor's dog, "Nipper"|
Nipper became associated with the service and products that RCA offered in the early part of the 20th century.
No where is the matched or unmatched association between product and business evident than the phonograph-listening dog Nipper of RCA Victor fame, who was created back in 1910 when the company was known as Victor Talking Machine Company.
Nipper became the lifelong best friend of the company, so much so that signage that included him in the 1950s the dog sat alone without the phonograph (see RCA image). The dog alone became a lasting symbol of the company. His voice was labeled "The Master's Voice."
Sunday, April 21, 2013
|Silver Fox Bar and Cocktails|
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
|The State Art Deco movie theater in downtown Los Angeles|
Usually I don't like what they do with these signs from boarding them up to taking them down, but this one is special. I mean how many Art Deco era movie houses are churches, much less churches that have attempted to match their sign with the style of the movie house sign?
Wondering down the streets of LA inevitably will lead you to the Mexican neighborhood where Catedral de la Fe is located, which really has no name to refer to the vibrant south-of-the-border culture here, but rather the generic, meaningless label "Historic LA."