• OTHER STUFF,  SIGNS

    TRAIN TO ALWAYS

    Another beautiful piece by Steve Powers is up at Red Hook Lane & Boerum Place, a few blocks away from the other Love Letters to Brooklyn (1 & 2). Original signage hiding under the Hero Shop awning: And a truck with hand painted lettering idling on Livingston: Heroic. 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • EPHEMERA,  OTHER STUFF,  PHOTOS,  SIGNS

    TYPO 45

    An article I wrote about ghost signs around Brooklyn and Manhattan is the cover story in the new issue of TYPO Magazine. TYPO is a quarterly bilingual English-Czech design magazine devoted to the study of typography in context with other disciplines like architecture, urban design, photography, philosophy, and sociology. You can order a hard copy or download a digital copy of issue 45 HERE. A preview: If you’re interested in supporting Vernacular Typography, please visit the Artspire website to learn more about a tax-deductible donation. Vernacular Typography is a fiscally sponsored project of Artspire, a Program of New York Foundation for the Arts 501(c)3.

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  • OTHER STUFF,  SIGNS

    LOVE LETTER TO BROOKLYN

    Steve Powers (ESPO) was commissioned by Macy’s to paint their parking lot on Livingston & Hoyt in Brooklyn. The piece, “Love Letter to Brooklyn” covers the ugly garage with shadowed block lettering and illustrations inspired by Downtown Brooklyn. I love it.

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  • EPHEMERA,  OTHER STUFF

    “P.S. Just Received Word Germany Surrendered”

    I always look for airmail envelopes in stationery stores and flea markets, and found this beat up one a few weeks ago for $1. I knew it had been written by a sailor from the naval censor stamp and postmark, but didn’t see the date or read the letter inside until later. It’s from a radioman third class stationed on the USS Chilton in the Pacific to his brother in the army, written in May of 1945 after learning that Hitler was dead, and Germany had surrendered. “Hello Al, I received a letter from you a few days ago and I’m glad to learn everything is O.K. with you. As…

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