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  • 2017 Summer Trip. This 17-day trip covered Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. A sampling of the photos were posted to my blog & Flickr stream (see links in the yellow bar above). About 2,000 photos were added to my website from this trip.
  • 2017 Smaller Trips. I took three-day trips to the San Francisco Bay, Sacramento area, and the California/Nevada desert. Photos were added to my blog, Flickr, and my website.
  • 2017-2018 Website Updating. I've finished my big annual winter project: checking for dead external links and checking all the maps throughout my website to see what's changed (buildings and signs that are gone now; buildings remodeled; signs repainted or altered, etc.). The news has been added to my descriptions. I uploaded several blog posts about these changes to signs (gone, disfigured, or restored).
  • 2018 Summer Trip. This will be a three or four week trip to Texas with some Oklahoma thrown in.
  • 2018 Smaller Trips. There will be several California three-day weekends.
  • 2019 Summer Trip. Most likely a four week trip to Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

    A Book?

    Yes, the rumors are true: I have a book out now about vintage signs. It is titled "Vintage Signs of America". It's a paperback and just under 100 pages. There are about 175 photos, each showing a different sign with histories about each one. The book came out in October 2017 in the UK. It will be available at American bookstores and Amazon in April 2018. You can also order through this link.

    Neon Festival & Symposium (San Francisco, CA): April 20-22, 2018

    I will be one of the presenters at this incredible event. For neon sign fans, it will be well worth the drive or airfare to attend! There will be talks about typography and preservation, a neon shop tour, a screening of the film "Neon", and lots more. For details, see the link here.

    SCA Journal Articles:

  • July 2017 issue companion page: Car Signs
  • December 2017 issue companion page: Happy Bear Signs
  • July 2018 issue companion pages: Norge Village Signs
  • earlier articles here

    Many of you have asked me the locations of various places or suggested that I add addresses. Instead of adding addresses, I've added what I hope is even better for all of us. These "[map]" hyperlinks at the end of descriptions lead to Google Street View maps of the building, sign, or statue being described. Maybe you're like me and enjoy traveling virtually on-line and seeing these places in the context of nearby buildings or scrolling around the place in different directions or even in satellite view.

    Since a good percentage of the Google cars have taken photos within the past year or two, these maps make it easy for me (and you) to verify if something is still there or if it's been altered. If the map doesn't jive with the photo, please let me know that something has happened to the place or thing. These maps may help you put together your own lists and maps of places to see and shoot. Google is constantly tweaking their maps so sometimes the "target" is off a little and you might have to spin the map around a little. There's nothing I can do about that but update the links when I notice things have shifted.


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    Copyright. All photos at this website are copyrighted and may only be used with my consent. This includes posting them at Facebook, Pinterest, blogs, other websites, personal use, etc.

    Tips & Updates. If you have suggestions about places that I haven't covered, historical info, or updates about places/things that have been remodeled or removed, I'd love to hear from you: