Sign, Sign, Everywhere A Sign…

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?
5 Man Electrical Band, Signs (1971)

This is Part 1 of a series: Signs

Back in the 1950s I was a ‘Speed Reader’. Like many kids in my generation I perfected the art of reading from a speeding car as billboards, road signs, and commemorative plaques flew by at ±70 mph during the Summer Vacation Road Trip.

Colors, fonts, information, bits of history and applied mathematics (The restaurant is 30 miles away and we are going 50 mph, how long will it take to get there?) were available as the miles between South Florida and NE Ohio melted away. In short, I fell in love with the printed word, the brief message of the unexpected history lesson and the patience that comes with a long journey.

Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

I enjoy finding signs that are different from the ones I see in my daily routine travels.

Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Unexpected humor is a welcome relief after a long day  of sight-seeing.

Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Signs are all around us, don’t you see the sign?

  7 comments for “Sign, Sign, Everywhere A Sign…

  1. August 1, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Today, kids are more likely to sit in the back seat, video games in hand, ignoring the signs, and everything else, that is “out there” in the boring old real world. Too bad.


    • August 2, 2012 at 12:51 AM

      I think that part of the problem is the movement to eliminate billboards along the highways. They have been replaced with government-sponsored “XYZ company cleans this section of highway” signs.

      I am starting to sound like an old guy…

      Thanks for the comment. It is on target as usual,


      • August 2, 2012 at 11:26 AM

        Down here in S.C. there are billboards all over the place. You’re are as likely as not to see one for the Antioch First Baptist Church as you are to see one for Naughty Girls and Bad Boys Men’s Club. Often, they’ll be less than a mile apart. Sin and Redemption, all in one short road-trip.


      • August 2, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        Let’s not forget ‘Stuckey’s Pecan Log Roll’ and ‘Fireworks Ahead!’, 2 staples of any Southern run that join with ‘Ho Jo’s’ for the Holy Trinity.


      • August 2, 2012 at 2:47 PM

        God yes, how could I have overlooked those examples?!


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