I have a collection of sign images over on Pinterest. What a great tool for research! A few weeks ago I was in Dexter, Maine with some time to kill, so went to the Dexter Historical Society Museum, housed in an old grist mill.  What a great old building!  They had many trade signs from past.  I love looking at old graphics and the nuances in the hand painting on old signs.  Modern signs are often made with vinyl lettering printed by computer, so you don't get the sense of variation that are imbued by the hand of the maker. Here are a few I saw: 

And finally, I saw this continuous towel roller, which I remembered being in gas stations when I was a child. Nothing like seeing something from your childhood in a museum to make you feel old! 


Dolly Blessings said...

These are so interesting! I love them all. Thanks for sharing. :o)

Jan Conwell said...

I love old signs too! And yes, I remember the continuous towel rollers. I'm glad they went away, but still, it is a bit of nostalgia. (But we're not old. We're wise.)

Dixie Redmond said...

You're welcome!

Dixie Redmond said...

We are really wise! :-) Wise that we don't use continuous towel rollers. Ewwwww! My memories of them were in gas stations and they were always filthy.

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden