I’ve just organized all my photos on Flickr, placing them into thematic groups. You can find out more about that Herculean feat here. I must warn you, though – it’s a huge time suck. If you’ve got somewhere to be in the next several hours, I instead invite you to look at some pictures I’ve taken of the words one comes across while traveling – whether on signs, or painted directly onto walls. Confession: Signage like this is one of the reasons why I love Europe so much.
This sign is usually covered by wet-glue posters for politicians, bands, beauty products and the like. But recently, it’d been stripped to reveal its original purpose. Note the “SPQR” at the top – that’s the acronym for the motto of Rome, and can be seen on all items of public works from signs like this to manhole covers.
Here are some other advertisements I’ve come across. I love every single thing about them – the font, the care and pride with which they’ve been created, their inherent whimsy.
And I believe it is no coincidence that I love these restaurants:
Then there are signs I just plain love for their crumbling antiquity:
And one from America’s Asbury Park!