Whatever the War on Christmas poseurs may say, Christ is all over the place in the holiday season. But how many blow-up Xes do you see on front lawns? How often do store clerks says “Merry Xmas”? And why don’t we call it Xgiving, too? It would make for a more efficient season and add more variety at the same time.
This great embroidery is by Anne Weitze.
More vernacular signs from Chicago’s North Side. This great work is all part of the Western Avenue and Vicinity Art Gallery.
A new round of names added to the Grog N Groc Hall of Fame:What the Pho Bellevue, Washington (John Carlton)Ave’s Taxidermy and Cheese, River Falls, Wisconsin (Sheryl Kostich)A-Furniture Store, Bakersfield, California (Gwen Barnes)Litteral Photography, Bakersfield, California (Gwen Barnes)Bearable Dentistry, Bakersfield, California (Gwen Barnes)Bender Chiropractic, Bakersfield, California (Gwen Barnes)The Lie-N Den Bar, Bakersfield, California (Gwen Barnes)Judy’s Lounge & Liquor, Stone Park, Illinois (Larry Ostgaard: “My friend John & his girlfriend, Judy and I would drive by and invariably John would ask if we wanted to go to Judy’s lounge and lick her.”)Pastry Dynamics, Hartford, Connecticut (Juliana Francis & David Patrick Kelly)Doom and Son Funeral Home, New Carisle, Ohio (Mike Friedline)Hock It To Me Pawn Shop, Albuquerque (Anne Weitze)Thomas’ Formal Wear and Flags, Dormont, Pennsylvania (Robyn Smigel)Hoosier Buddy liquors, Bloomington, Indiana (Christine Fahlen)Fucifino Cafe, St. Louis, Missouri (Mark Herich)Big Dick’s Halfway Inn, Gravois Mills, Missouri (T.P. Shearer)The Stumble Inn bar and grille, Moon Township, Pennsylvania (Denise McGinley)
A pair of fashion sketches by Eddie Owens Martin are now included on the St. Eom Pasaquan page.
I’m starting to raid my accumulation of vintage junk for sale on ebay. First up are three Tomy Robo Strux wind-up robots. If all goes well, I’ll follow up with old monster magazines, comic books and more toys. If all goes really well, I’ll dip into the dozens of pulp novels I acquired years ago in Owensboro, Kentucky. The big question is whether I’ll find it worthwhile to handle the packing and shipping. In any case, you can check out my ebay seller page.
Some great handmade signs and other sights from one of Chicago’s main ethnic strips.
Just added some great names to the Grog N Groc Hall of Fame:Hotel Mr. Bed City, Paris (me)Wok N Go – “It’s only Wok N Go, but I like it,” Lexington, Ky (Karl Lawrence)The Best Way Inn Motel, Carbondale, Ilinois (rl Lawrence)Holy Sheet! Housewares, Paramatta, NSW, Australia (Aaron T. Slater)King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (Glasgow, Scotland ) K.L. CoxThai Me Up, San Francisco (Sandra Madrid)Crafty Beaver hardware store, Chicago (Sandra Madrid)Richard Heads bar, Houston (Sandra Madrid)Fluke Transport & Warehousing, Hamilton, Ontario, “If it arrives on time, it’s a Fluke” (Susan Galbraith)
Read a review of David Clements’ wonderful book of hand-painted business signs from Detroit.
Someone submitted this one a long time ago to the Grog N Groc Hall of Fame. I stumbled across the sign recently in Buffalo: