Saturday, August 25, 2012
In his book published America as a Civilization, he wrote of the ill-defined communities in America, describing the nation’s citizenry as fragmented and unresolved. As he wrote the book, though, the architecture and popular culture of the country, began to take on a form of there own, an upgraded bigger and better American version. Nowhere can this be seen better than in the signage that was built in cities and towns and along highways across the nation.
During the twentieth century, Lerner saw America to be a democracy of informality, a place of bigness, and technological prowess. His vision became a truism with respect to the signage being built as well.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
|Ice Skating Sign|
I like it red and blue much better. After all, the color of the word "ICE" should have some blue in it because it signifies cold. Brrrr.
|Vintage Tucson Inn sign|
Check out the arrow; it sweeps around the word "Inn" like ribbon on a Christmas package.
An added extra: A coffee shop sign behind the poles.
Finally, if you look really hard you'll find the Vacancy/No Vacancy sign attached to the first pole.
Genius designers, indeed.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Thursday, August 09, 2012
They just don't make them this tall anymore. Height used to be an important sign trait in most locations in the United States, except some of the places where there are a lot of hurricanes.
Tall signs are grand, rising into the sky as if they were catching a bit of heaven. This "bowl" sign was taken in Southern California and still is there, unusual for such a big piece of neon.
The steel in this sign is classic as are the letters at the end of each soaring pole. I have several versions of this bowl sign and a few others like it-long live steel and neon.
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
|Hotel Posada La Media Luna, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico|
This hotel is well worth looking into. It's right by all the action--bars, clubs, coffee houses and restaurants.
Chiapas, Mexico has some of the most improved infrastructure in Mexico. Don't fool yourself into believing that this Southern state is riddled with drug violence.
Not only did I stay in the lovely colonial city of San Cristobal de Las Casas, I also took the bus to the ruins at Polenque, a windy trip through poor villages, thick forests and crystal clear air. Not one sign of any disruptions by the drug cartels.
The color and beauty of Mexico's interior should not be missed. The weather is almost perfect year-round and the tasty food is half the price of what it is in the United States.