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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 few hundred photos (a sampling from each day's shooting) to my blog and Flickr stream. You'll find links to my blog and Flickr accounts in the yellow bar above. This fall, I finished adding more than 3,000 photos from this trip to my website.

2018-2019 Website Updating & Cleanup. I just finished my big annual winter project: splitting up overly-long pages and checking for dead external links. This project also included checking all the maps throughout my website to see what changed (things that are gone, remodeled, repainted, restored). That "news" was added to my descriptions. In addition, I added about a half dozen posts to my blog about these changes.

2019 Summer Trip. This year's four-week trip in June will focus on Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and some Oklahoma. Before that, there will be a few little California weekend trips to roadtest Sparkle and take more photos.

A Book? Yes, it's true. I wrote a book last year about vintage signs entitled "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 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. It's going for about $15 with no shipping or tax.

Neon Speaks Festival & Symposium (San Francisco, CA). I was one of the presenters at this incredible event in 2018. Mark your calendars for April 26-28, 2019 and buy your tickets now since it will probably sell out like it did last year. For neon sign fans, I promise you will not be disappointed! I'll also be one of the many presenters this year. If you'd like a copy of the Powerpoint slides that I used during my 2018 presentation, just click here.

SCA Journal Articles. I have been writing the signs articles for the Society for Commercial Archeology continuously for about 12 years. You can order back issues of the Journal and Road Notes at the SCA website. I also have companion pages at my website for most of the Journal articles. Here are a few of the most recent ones:

  • December 2019: Scaffold Signs
  • July 2019: Diving Women Signs
  • December 2018: Working Men Signs
  • July 2018: Norge Village Signs
  • December 2017: Happy Bear Signs
  • July 2017: Car 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: