Posts tagged vintage

Further north on Broadway Street: San Antonio’s Pig Stand restaurant, one of only a handful left in the chain. (Some 130 restaurants opened in the 1920s-30s.) From the Web site:  “In the initial years the Pig Stand pioneered several food items: Texas toast, deep-fried onion rings, and the country-fried steak sandwich. Not only was the Pig Stand the first restaurant to offer curb and drive-through service, it also was among the first to use fluorescent lighting, neon signs, and air conditioning.” The current owner of this location, Mary Ann Hill, started as a waitress here at age 18 in 1967. #backstory (Taken with Instagram at Pig Stand)

Further north on Broadway Street: San Antonio’s Pig Stand restaurant, one of only a handful left in the chain. (Some 130 restaurants opened in the 1920s-30s.) From the Web site: “In the initial years the Pig Stand pioneered several food items: Texas toast, deep-fried onion rings, and the country-fried steak sandwich. Not only was the Pig Stand the first restaurant to offer curb and drive-through service, it also was among the first to use fluorescent lighting, neon signs, and air conditioning.” The current owner of this location, Mary Ann Hill, started as a waitress here at age 18 in 1967. #backstory (Taken with Instagram at Pig Stand)

projectneon:

The Dingman Collection
Preview June 8th, Auction June 9th & 10th 
Hampton, New Hampshire

You guys, I want to buy ALL THE SIGNS. Can someone give me the money and a warehouse to put them in? The first half of this video is Michael Dingman talking a bit about his collection of signs, which are largely transportation related, though they also include motels, gas stations, restaurants, etc. (In the second half he talks about his collection of antique cars.) An incredible, beautiful set of signs. There are over 1,400 for sale. I hope at least a couple end up in a museum or somewhere they can be seen.

Apparently earlier this year more of his signs were sold. So many signs.

PS: When I was looking for info about the sale, I came across this (unrelated) amazing neon-covered truck. Cool!

Same building: different side *and* different ghost sign. The previous photo shows the back of the building, which most people probably don’t see. If you missed it, check it out — it’s pretty awesome.   (Taken with instagram in Corsicana, Texas)

Same building: different side *and* different ghost sign. The previous photo shows the back of the building, which most people probably don’t see. If you missed it, check it out — it’s pretty awesome. (Taken with instagram in Corsicana, Texas)

The vintage Cre Mel sign, next door to Theo’s Drive-In, in Grand Prairie, Texas.  (Taken with Instagram at Theo’s Drive In)

The vintage Cre Mel sign, next door to Theo’s Drive-In, in Grand Prairie, Texas. (Taken with Instagram at Theo’s Drive In)

Two ghost signs on the same building. Bonus! (Taken with Instagram at Bishop Arts District in Dallas, Texas)

Two ghost signs on the same building. Bonus! (Taken with Instagram at Bishop Arts District in Dallas, Texas)

Via unconsumption:

Why not use vintage rulers and yardsticks to dress up an old table?
(via Beth Schaleben’s Patina White blog)
For other ruler-repurposing ideas, see: http://unconsumption.tumblr.com/tagged/rulers.

Today, in “things I love.”

Via unconsumption:

Why not use vintage rulers and yardsticks to dress up an old table?

(via Beth Schaleben’s Patina White blog)

For other ruler-repurposing ideas, see: http://unconsumption.tumblr.com/tagged/rulers.

Today, in “things I love.”

Via 100bostonsigns:

Built in 1933, this 68-foot high piece of history is displayed on Magazine Street in Cambridge along the Charles River. Although the station is still pumping gas, the sign has been not been illuminated for over two years. So many of the bulbs burned out that it appeared to spell the word “HELL”, and offended residents petitioned for it to be shut off.

Today, in “Things I Love.”

Via 100bostonsigns:

Built in 1933, this 68-foot high piece of history is displayed on Magazine Street in Cambridge along the Charles River. Although the station is still pumping gas, the sign has been not been illuminated for over two years. So many of the bulbs burned out that it appeared to spell the word “HELL”, and offended residents petitioned for it to be shut off.

Today, in “Things I Love.”

Meeting a friend for brunch on the east side of town gave me good reason to drive around the area east of downtown Houston (east of Minute Maid Park, for baseball fans!). I wish I knew the back story behind this building, which appears to be empty, and its ghost signs.
Among the words I can make out are “No dust. No dirt.” And: “5 ¢.” “Metro.” Odd combo. 
(Taken with instagram, with no filter.)

Meeting a friend for brunch on the east side of town gave me good reason to drive around the area east of downtown Houston (east of Minute Maid Park, for baseball fans!). I wish I knew the back story behind this building, which appears to be empty, and its ghost signs.

Among the words I can make out are “No dust. No dirt.” And: “5 ¢.” “Metro.” Odd combo. 

(Taken with instagram, with no filter.)

At last, pleased to add this pic to my ghost sign series! … Had time today to drive by this building — the former Waddell House Furnishing Co. building — before I leave this side of Houston. Sadly, it’s a disused building. What future does it have?
Bonus: captured a bird in flight!
(Taken with instagram, with gotham filter.)

At last, pleased to add this pic to my ghost sign series! … Had time today to drive by this building — the former Waddell House Furnishing Co. building — before I leave this side of Houston. Sadly, it’s a disused building. What future does it have?

Bonus: captured a bird in flight!

(Taken with instagram, with gotham filter.)

Childhood toys — freed from the confines of a dark, dusty attic — are the second thing I’ve “tagged,” thanks to Itizen.com, with a QR-Coded sticker in preparation for giving them away.
If the toys’ new owner uses a mobile phone to read the code, I expect he or she will see this story about them, to learn a little bit about their history.
Tagged item/story numero uno (about a Mexican dress) can be found here. (That post contains links to miscellaneous QR Code-related info).
I intend to tag other things (until the novelty of it wears off, which, I suspect, may be sooner, rather than later!). Stay tuned.

Childhood toys — freed from the confines of a dark, dusty attic — are the second thing I’ve “tagged,” thanks to Itizen.com, with a QR-Coded sticker in preparation for giving them away.

If the toys’ new owner uses a mobile phone to read the code, I expect he or she will see this story about them, to learn a little bit about their history.

Tagged item/story numero uno (about a Mexican dress) can be found here. (That post contains links to miscellaneous QR Code-related info).

I intend to tag other things (until the novelty of it wears off, which, I suspect, may be sooner, rather than later!). Stay tuned.