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  • 2018 Summer Trip. The dogs and I took a four-week trip in June. Most of the shooting was in Texas with a little bit from Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arizona, and New Mexico. In July, I uploaded a sampling of the photos from each day to my blog and Flickr stream (see links in the yellow bar above). I just finished adding the 3,000 photos from this trip to my website.

  • 2018-2019 Website Updating & Cleanup. Right now, I'm working on my big annual winter project: splitting up overly-long pages and checking for dead external links which includes checking all the maps throughout my website to see what's changed (buildings, signs, and statues that are gone; buildings remodeled; signs repainted or altered, etc.). That "news" will be added to my descriptions. In addition, I will add several posts to my blog about these changes, mostly focusing on signs (gone, disfigured, or restored). I have two sections to go but they are the biggest ones (Signs and Mid-Century Modern Buildings). This project will probably keep me busy all winter.

  • 2019 Summer Trip. This year's four-week trip will focus on Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas.

    A Book?

    Yes, it's true: a book that I wrote in 2018 about vintage signs is out. 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. It is now available online (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.), at some bookstores, and at the big three sign museums (American Sign Museum, Museum of Neon Art, and The Neon Museum). I think the best price is through the publisher. Right now, it's going for less than $15 (no shipping or tax).

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

    I was one of the presenters at this incredible event. If you couldn't make it, mark you calendars for April 26-28, 2019 since there are plans to do it again. Get your tickets early since it will probably sell out like it did this year. For neon sign fans, I promise you will not be disappointed! For details, see the link here. If you'd like a copy of the Powerpoint slides that I used during my 2018 presentation, just click here.

    Recent SCA Journal Articles. Click here to purchase back orders of the publication. I also have companion pages at my website for most of these articles:

  • July 2017: Car Signs
  • December 2017: Happy Bear Signs
  • July 2018: Norge Village Signs
  • December 2018: Working Men Signs
  • full list of SCA companion pages: 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: