- This mis spelling and poor aparent grammer in shop windows is sometimes
deliberate to entice customers into the store to point out the apparent
error and in so doing they mostly buy something while they are in.
- Yes,they entice angered solid citizens to burst in and give them a savage
reprimand. Afterwards,anger abating,dazzled by the quality merchandise,the
the customer goes into a buying frenzy. Thus,the merchant becomes hopefuller
that his retirement will be secure and lavishly funded.
- The one that always makes me smile is the sign in the bakery window: "get
your buns in here"
> From: Ken Davis
> Reply To: Letterpress Discussion List
> Sent: Thursday, February 1, 2001 1:06 PM
> To: LETPRESS@...
> Subject: Re: Signs
> Yes,they entice angered solid citizens to burst in and give them a savage
> reprimand. Afterwards,anger abating,dazzled by the quality merchandise,the
> the customer goes into a buying frenzy. Thus,the merchant becomes
> that his retirement will be secure and lavishly funded.
- Probably done purposely to give you a grin. My favorite along those lines
is the dentist's "We treat cowards" I'm grinnin' now just thinking about
On Thu, 1 Feb 2001, Dawn.Black (Exchange) wrote:
> The one that always makes me smile is the sign in the bakery window: "get
> your buns in here"
> > ----------
> > From: Ken Davis
> > Reply To: Letterpress Discussion List
> > Sent: Thursday, February 1, 2001 1:06 PM
> > To: LETPRESS@...
> > Subject: Re: Signs
> > Yes,they entice angered solid citizens to burst in and give them a savage
> > reprimand. Afterwards,anger abating,dazzled by the quality merchandise,the
> > the customer goes into a buying frenzy. Thus,the merchant becomes
> > hopefuller
> > that his retirement will be secure and lavishly funded.
- In a message dated 02/01/01 3:58:57 PM Eastern Standard Time,
<< Just now noticed the following in front of a fire station on their
No Bing fi nite >>
This makes me recall a sign posted in a college lecture hall:
Suzanne (who's also enjoying this tour of signage)
Traverse City, Michigan, USA
- Just now noticed the following in front of a fire station on their
No Bing fi nite
I think they did a great job with the limited character set of 2"
plastic characters - they got their message across - they communicated.
In fact, they communicated a hell of a lot better than some on this
About the Chinese restaurant - a friend of mind was laughing and making
fun of some hand lettered specials on the menu - I told him that they
had done a far better job of getting their message across in English -
their new language, then he could in Cantonese. He quit laughing.
If every time I post something to this list and have to worry if some
dumb skull, nit wit, nit picker is going to red line an error - then
this is the wrong place for me.
I enjoy reading the input from others. I enjoy trying to contribute
something to the list, but I'll be damned if I have the time, nor the
inclination to set down and worry about dotting every "i" and crossing
every "t," when my intent is to communicate.
English is a living language, it is changing, growing and becoming
different than what it was yesterday and what it is today - grow up
folks, read the messages, and knock off the critiquing.
p.s. the signs are fun, interesting and nice to share.
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At Random Press
Mike & Suzanne Anderson
Port Republic, Maryland (USA)
Your letter reminds me of old Richard.
He was a wonderful gentleman from Sweden who had been trained as a
Classical Portrait Painter. He moved here to the United States and
unable to find much work doing portraits opened a sign shop.
All his signs and the lettering he did on our trucks was all by hand
with no guides other than a few small crayon marks delineating the
borders of the area the sign was to occupy.
It would take him most of a day to letter both sides of a truck but Dad
was always more than happy to pay his price. The signage was a work of
I still remember asking him why he didn't use masking tape like other
painters did to measure off the fields and he said anyone who has to use
a crutch like that had no business calling himself a painter.
Sadly he's retired now, the arthritis in his hands so bad he can't hold
a brush any more.
Winter Garden, Florida
- I have a dear friend Bob Potter in the Carolinas now who paints signs by
Once told me a story of doing 8 foot tall letters (how many points is that)
on the side of a Chevrolet dealership spelled CHEVOLET
Got it ALL done before the boss noticed!!
God BLess, Martin
- Many years ago I owned a sailing boat that was moored not far from Sydney,
it was a very very expensive disaster,
it was rotting on the water, a buggar to sail, ugly, uncomfortable - nothing
about it gave me any pleasure, a classic first purchase mistake. Every day
I had to drive to the boat to pump the water out and on the way I would see
this mocking sign on a marina - "BE A CAPTAIN, BUY A BOAT" - a daily kick
in the guts and wallet.
A boat is a "hole in the water into which you pour money". }:~}
Has anyone ever heard of a saying similar being put to Printing Presses?
- In our travels, my wife and I stopped at a resteraunt called "Gandalf's". It
was a tiny place with a counter and a few tables that boasted of organic food
and was run by hippies (this was in 1995 or so).
I have a dear friend nick named Gandalf, also an old hippie, and thought
of him when we went in. On the wall of the resteraunt was a pen and ink
drawing of the exterior of the resteraunt with a sign that said something
like "Gandalf's. Under investigation by the FBI since 1984"
The food was excellent.
- It would have to be. That was THE series of the generation.
==Marjorie (late for my 5 year re-read)
@..@ Three Toad Press
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(& Printers' Guild, San Jose History Park, California)
"Roland A. Paquette" wrote:
> Interesting name Gandalf's. I wonder if it's after the Wizard in--
> Tolkien's Lord of the Rings epic. (A MARVELOUS tale!!!)
- When we arrived at a base in Korea we had a local sign painter busily
turning out "by order of Col. King" to be added to other signs. His next
job came out "NOSMO KING" and, naturally, the colonel became Nosmo behind