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2017 Roadtrips:

  • Summer Trip: 3-week trip covering Arizona & New Mexico & some Texas (dates TBD soon)
  • Smaller Trips throughout the year: various weekend trips in California (posts to my blog; uploads to Flickr; and additions to my website)

    A Book?
    Yes, the rumors are true: I have a book coming out soon about vintage signs. It is titled "Vintage Signs of America" (the English publisher's suggestion and I can't come up with anything better). It's not a coffee table book (approx. 9 1/2" x 6"; just under 100 pgs.) which means the photos won't be big but the book will be quite affordable. In fact, thanks to the dollar and pound exchange rate, it'll be even cheaper. There are about 175 signs (one photo of each). It should be out in October in the UK and November here in the U.S. I never really wanted to put out a book since I think my website is much more important (bigger photos, the ability to add & update which is something I take seriously and do on a daily basis). My website has more than 60,000 photos so a book seems minuscule, silly, and so limiting to me by comparison. But some people like books and there's status in it. It'll be available on Amazon and in bookstores but if you'd like to preorder, you can do that at the link here.

    My SCA Journal Articles:

  • July 2016 issue: Neon Extension Signs
  • December 2016 issue: Museum of Neon Art
  • July 2017 issue: Car Signs
  • December 2017 issue: Happy Bear Signs

    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: