I'm always on the lookout for eccentric little graphic links to the past.
The more kitschy, the better: Maybe it serves as an antidote to all of the digital precision I work with every day. I took some shots of older (and some newer) signage, art and neon on a recent trip to Arizona.
This kind of stuff is becoming harder and harder to find in the Northwest, perhaps because of our booming economy and the resulting razing and rebuilding. I also blame it on our weather, which ensures that any ferrous metal will meet a certain, rusty death.
In the dry Southwest, things go through more of a mummification process and you tend to see more good tidbits from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Even when things do get around to deteriorating, they frequently get left up as a peeling testament to the 100 degree heat. There are now outdoor junkyard "museums" devoted to the stuff. A Google Images search for "Las Vegas Boneyard" yields a wealth of retro typography.
Who knows...with all of the other preservation movements afoot in Seattle, are we ripe for a "Save Our Signage" campaign?