England, you see, is filled with these wonderful little places called pubs. And pubs have unique signs, often pictoral, because back in the day, most of the population was illiterate, and having a sign with a picture of an eagle carrying a baby would help them understand they were at the Eagle and Child pub. Fascinating, and, of course, it inspired Young Meg to snap a pic.
|Taken before digital--I scanned it years later to add to my sign collection.|
P.S. This is in Oxford
|Spring Break in Normandy|
|Still one of my favorite sign pictures ever. No one ever|
believes me when I tell them about this one.
|Well, this one HAD to be taken.|
Of these, 61 are pictures that friends have sent me ("A great sign! I thought of you!!"), or pics that Mom and Dad have taken on their various travels. These days, if we're out on a day trip, Dad will offer to slow the car down and/or pull over so I can get a sign pic.
|Apparently Mom nudged Dad with her elbow and said, "Doug!! Get a pic|
of that for Meg!!"
|From Maayan, when I had my sweet Harley Dude.|
|A great one taken by my Facebook friend Kate.|
|From Sarah (this is so English and awesome).|
|From Sherry, a fellow Keane fan.|
|From my blogger friend Suzanne.|
|From another Facebook friend, Alyssa.|
I don't have any particular criteria for my sign pics. If I see one that makes me laugh, I snap a pic. If I see a really great vintage sign, out comes the camera (I love those gaudy old neon signs, they're grand). Anything with Cooper...
|Just this weekend!|
|Monterey--Coopers made barrels.|
|First thing I saw when stepping off the train in Scotland in 1999. I nearly|
|I actually live kinda near this.|
|Nevada City or Grass Valley...one of the two.|
|Just found this one on Saturday, in Martinez, across the street from the|
Wells Fargo where I stopped to get cash for a bridge toll.
I've got a lot of favorites. I started going through, folder by folder, and I could have had about 500 on this post. I do love my signs. Here's a random sample of signs that made me laugh, made me stop in my tracks, or just caught my fancy.
|"Someone stole the last sign.|
|An original, from Edinburgh, 1999.|
|Along Interstate 80.|
|Don't drive down this one.|
|Always gives me chills.|
|Thank you, Disneyland and Brawny. Good advice.|
|Fort Bragg, CA.|
|Fantastic old sign.|
|Twin Falls, Idaho|
|My Large Suburban High School|
|I happened to find this when going to a Sac Choral rehearsal.|
|I love puns.|
|Can't tell you how many times I drove past this one,|
halfway between Folsom & Chico, in my uni years.
|So much pride when I reached the summit of Mt. Diablo.|
|Hey, my own company!|
|Newport Beach, CA. This just screams, "seaside."|
|Rough and Ready, California. Yep. A real place.|
|The famous Hollywood sign, taken from a moving bus.|
And there you have it. Sixteen hundred sign pictures, and always growing. I suppose there are weirder things to collect, and at least these don't need to be dusted.