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ROADTRIPS, WEBSITE ADDITIONS & OTHER STUFF

2019 Summer Trip.In June, I traveled with the dogs to the South and took more than 4,000 photos. I covered Louisiana, Mississippi, Memphis, Arkansas, and some Oklahoma. I posted to Instagram every day during the trip. All of the photos are now up at the website. I also uploaded about a dozen photos to Flickr and a different dozen photos to my blog (links in the yellow bar above) for each day of shooting.

2019 Website Updating & Cleanup. I completed my big annual winter project: checking for dead external links and clicking on all the maps in the descriptions throughout my website to see what changed and updated the text (indicating things that are gone, remodeled, repainted, restored). Some of that "news" was then posted to my blog.

2020 Summer Trip. I've had this trip all planned out for the month of June. Guess that's not going to happen with COVID-19 and all. I'm eager to get out on the road this summer. But I'm not going to risk my life either. The dogs and I will be traveling to Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and other states... eventually.

2020 Staying At Home. Since I'm pretty much stuck in my apartment during this COVID-19 crisis, I've taken on another huge project that I haven't tackled for a few years. I've been going through my personal lists for each state and adding new links throughtout my website. I have about 8 states left to go. I skipped Florida, Georgia, and parts of Oklahoma and Texas since I hope to be adding those things to my site this summer. I've added thousands of links to those blue boxes at my webpages. Signs, mid-century buildings, gas stations, you name it! I'll keep plodding along through the remaining states until we are allowed to travel again. So, you might want to use that search box (upper left) to look for your favorite cities, categories, etc. to find out about things you might have missed.

A Book? Yes, it's true. I wrote a book in 2018 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). April 26-28, 2019: I was one of the speakers in 2018 and 2019. The event will take place again in September 2020. For neon sign fans, this is a must-attend, mind-blowing experience. You will meet tons of like-minded sign lovers, restorers, museum founders, historians, and photographers. So, keep an eye on this website for details about the next one. Tickets go on sale a few months ahead of time and most events sell out. You definitely want to go!

SCA Journal Articles. I have been writing the signs articles for the Society for Commercial Archeology continuously since 2007. You can order back issues and digital downloads of the Journal and Road Notes at the SCA website. I also have companion pages with other examples of the sign themes/types 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
  • WHERE IS IT?

    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: roadarch@outlook.com.