Saturday, April 19, 2014

American Sign Museum, continued

As promised, I have more pics from the Sign Museum visit back in February. These are the few i took from the non-neon collection. I also took a few videos of the animated/flashing exhibits and wanted to share these as well. As before, all pics in this post taken during my visit to the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati on Sunday, 02/23.


After many previous trips down I-71 from Columbus to Cincinnati without visiting, I FINALLY made it to the American Sign Museum back in late February! This post is a gathering of the photos I took. I was not even there an hour (3 kids, one being my tired and grumpish 3-year-old son..his older sisters enjoyed it more) but what an hour it was. The museum is all I dreamed it would be. If neon had a heaven, this may be close to it (Vegas and the sign museum there may disagree though). So this is at least a slice of neon heaven. While my main interest was of course, the neon, the museum also exhibits nearly all forms of signage and advertising of the 20th century, with 1930s-70s neon being the largest part of the collection! I would definitely recommend a visit to anyone, even if neon is not your main interest, anyone interested in modern American history would enjoy the exhibits here. Visit here for the museum's website with all sorts of information regarding the museum (location, hours, admission, etc) as well as links the staff posts regarding museum updates, news, and general preservation news. The Wikipedia article is also worth a read. All pictures were taken during my visit on the afternoon of Sunday, 2/23.

My next post will include some videos I took from the visit, and some of their non-neon collection! I cannot wait to go back again soon.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Live from Cincinnati, the American Sign Museum coming up!

I do realize it has been a while since I have been able to post much of anything in the way of new neon, but I am excited about an upcoming opportunity for a great post. I am in Cincinnati (well, actually Northern Kentucky) and tomorrow, Sunday 02/23 I will be visiting the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati! This is THE neon sign museum. There is another in Vegas but still, WOW! I cannot wait to take in the heaven and snap the pics! Tomorrow! In the meantime, enjoy some phone files that I have taken over the course of the last few months. Including some very recent pics of my latest visit to the Cincinnati area.

     In order, the above pics: Connell Hardware. One of the older signs in the Columbus area, and one of the oldest businesses. Connell was in operation well over 100 years before WalMart and other big boxes rendered the Reynoldsburg hardware store obsolete last summer. Pic was taken Thursday, 01/16. Next we have the kids section of The Shoe Department, located along Stringtown Road in Grove City. Taken Sunday 01/19. Next we have a good ole Chinese food sign. No Sino-like characters, unfortunately, or even a Chinese style typeface but still, good solid sign. Taken at The Great Wall the evening of Sunday 01/26. Well the next sign was on this trip to the Cincy area, of which I make usually at least 1-2 per year. This was in Newport on the Levee, one of my favorite hangs. Saturday, 02/22. And finally, the last 2 pics. Two independently owned classic style neons for a rather ho-hum sorta business. From the hotel I am staying at on the SW side of the Cincinnati area, off I-275 on KY  route 20 in Hebron, KY, this awesome sign at Huff Floorcovering. In an age when Vegas is starting to see an iflux of LED lights, this small Kentucky business is choosing neon for its imaging and signage! Taken in Hebron, KY, the evening of Saturday 02/22.
     Well tomorrow is the day to visit the museum! Look for a related post soon ASAP! And also closer to home I have noticed some awesome newbies in various Columbus neighborhoods. Hoping once this AWFUL weather breaks for good to get out there and enjoy the springtime! Happy evening y'all, from Kentucky!