• EPHEMERA,  PHOTOS,  SIGNS

    PRIME BURGER

    The Prime Burger, one of my favorite places in the city, is sadly closing on Saturday. They’ve been in business since 1938. I’ve enjoyed their hand-painted signs, camouflaged faux bois clock, nice people, and bacon-related foods since 1986. Bye Sandro.

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  • EPHEMERA,  OTHER STUFF

    THINGS & STUFF

    Pens, pencils, photos, postcards, notepads, and shirts are now being offered exclusively as premiums for (fully tax-deductible) contributions to Vernacular Typography through the project’s Fiscal Sponsor, ARTSPIRE (a Program of New York Foundation for the Arts). If you make a contribution and would like to receive any of the premiums, just make a note of which items you’d like in the message section. Price list below. $15 and above Any one of the following: 1 Postcard set in hand-stamped pouch 2 Gridded notepads 2 Bic Clic pens 2 Sharpies 4 Pencils $25 and above Any two of the stationery items $50 and above An original polaroid of lettering, with certificate…

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  • EPHEMERA,  OTHER STUFF

    VERNACULAR TYPOGRAPHY ON KICKSTARTER

    Vernacular Typography is now on Kickstarter! Check out the video if you’re interested, and get some Vernacular Typography-related things if you donate. Thanks so much to the crazy-good Hayley Morris for her animating expertise. All photos by Vernacular Typography except for this one. Music from here. (Their video compression went a little crazy, so please ignore the fullscreen.)

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  • EPHEMERA,  OTHER STUFF

    THESE ARE THINGS #11

    Like most completely normal people, I save all of my theater ticket stubs. Here are a few: I am suitably embarrassed by most of those movie choices. If you’re interested in supporting Vernacular Typography, consider making a tax-dedictible donation to the project through Artspire & New York Foundation for the Arts HERE.

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  • DESIGN RESEARCH,  EPHEMERA,  PHOTOS

    MANHOLE COVERS OF WILLOW STREET

    The four block stretch of Willow Street from Pierrepont to Cranberry in Brooklyn Heights has over 50 different manhole and chute covers. Most of the examples below¬†are coal chutes rather than manhole covers, used for the delivery of coal from a truck to the basement furnaces in brownstones. Whereas manholes are usually found in the street and approximately the size of a burly man, coal chutes are smaller and built on the sidewalk or directly in front of houses. The most common covers on Willow Street are the Howell & Saxtan coal chute covers. Howell & Saxtan was in business from 1866 to the 1890s and owned by James Howell…

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  • EPHEMERA,  OTHER STUFF,  SIGNS

    MATERIALS FOR THE ARTS

    Materials for the Arts is an incredible reuse and recycle program in Long Island City. They receive and organize goods from a wide range of donors and maintain a warehouse where they redistribute everything to NYC Public Schools, non-profit arts organizations, community groups, and other worthy causes. They receive donations from the Department of Sanitation, city agencies, stores, businesses, movie productions, charitable organizations, and individual donors. By redistributing cast-off items to arts, education, and community groups, they transform waste into raw art material. Vernacular Typography is a member of Materials for the Arts through Artspire and New York Foundation for the Arts.¬†Their shelves are always stocked with an amazing (and…

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