ISRAEL PREVIEW

A preview of the new Israel section soon to be added to the main archive. Typography and lettering from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Ein Gedi, Tzfat, Golan Heights, Negev Desert, random kibbutzim, and other places.

Woodward Vernacular Typography Desert Israel Gas Station

Woodward Vernacular Typography Desert Israel Neon Billboard

Woodward Vernacular Typography Israel Jerusalem Neon Sign

Woodward Vernacular Typography Israel Jerusalem Arabic Window

Woodward Vernacular Typography Israel Jerusalem Western Wall Trilingual Street Sign

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Jerusalem Peeling Poster

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Jerusalem

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Jerusalem

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Jerusalem Yad Veshem

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Jerusalem

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Jerusalem

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Jerusalem Storefront

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Trilingual Sign

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Jerusalem Blackletter

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Script Typography Israel Tel Aviv

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Tel Aviv Storefront

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Tel Aviv Storefront

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Tzfat Architectural Lettering

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Kibbutz

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Graffiti

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Handwritten Sign

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GOODBYE CONEY ISLAND

Summer is gone and so is Coney Island as I remember it.

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Astroland Park Gregory & Paul's

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Shoot The Freak Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Grill

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Gregory and Paul's

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Museum Hand Painted Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Coney Island was once populated by an incredible landscape of signs and symbols. The few storefronts that retain their unique signage seem more and more endangered with every visit.

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Nathan's Neon Sign Clam Bar

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Nathan's Neon Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Nathan's Neon Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront Neon

Vernacular Typography Coney Island El Dorado Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island El Dorado Ticket Booth

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Wonder Wheel Arcade Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Wonder Wheel Arcade Sign Tilt-A-Whirl

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Wonder Wheel Neon Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Wonder Wheel Neon Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Wonder Wheel Arcade Sign Spook-A-Rama

In 2004, a Creative Time initiative attempted to revive the fading signscape. A group of 25 artists formed The Dreamland Artsits Club and hand painted murals in the area as well as signs for local businesses. Sadly, even many of those have since disappeared or have become isolated fragments.

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Dreamland Club Sign El Dorado

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Dreamland Club Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Dreamland Artist Club Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Dreamland Artist Club Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Sign

Despite neighborhood opposition, development corporations continue to homogenize and strip Coney Island of its personality, replacing beautiful and inventive lettering with horrifically bland banners that are completely devoid of any aesthetic value.

Vernacular Typography Coney Island For Rent Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Retail Space Sign

Vernacular Typography Pathetic Coney Island Sign

Years ago, Coney Island felt like a typographic oasis, far removed from the standardized signs and sterile typography that now overwhelms most of New York. Today, it seems more like everywhere else.

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront 2003

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront 2012

View 100 more images on the Coney Island II section of the main archive.

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WOODSIDE PRESS

I just picked up some letterpress invitations printed at the incredible Woodside Press in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The press originally opened in 1993 in Woodside, Queens after acquiring equipment from the American Type Founders Company liquidation. In 1998, they moved to their current space, which is filled to the brim with amazing type paraphernalia and not just one, but two Linotype machines. They were nice enough to let me look around at some of their amazing stuff.

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SUNSET PARK STOREFRONTS

As more and more small businesses in New York are being replaced by large retail chains and banks, there are still a few neighborhoods–mostly in the outer boroughs–that retain some of their independence. Here are a few examples from a recent walk through Sunset Park in Brooklyn:

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn Las Rodriguez Tire Shope

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn El Che Jewelry

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn La Fe Restaurant

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn Good Foo

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn Costambar Grocery

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn Botanica 7 Potencia

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn Geminis Barber Shop

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn Dulce's Candy Store

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn Varela Travel Agency

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn Las Cenizas Restaurant

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn El Buen Gusto Restaurant

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn Borin'queya Restaurant

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn La Familia Restaurant

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn V&D Wholesale

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn Denise Auto Parts

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn Reina del Rocio Grocery

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn Reina de la Nube

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn Sunset Florist

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn Astromundo Travel Co

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn Frias Grocery

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn Hardware Store

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn Edco Supply

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn Templo

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn Ortiz Funeral Home

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn The Hero Champ

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn Ramos Grocery Sign

Woodward Vernacular Typography Sunset Park Brooklyn Grocery Sign

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