The Retrologist

Jul 29

Sunset Florist is a charming shop in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The classic slogan “say it with flowers” is translated into Spanish — “digalo con flores.” Love this — I’d bring this shop flowers, but it doesn’t need any more. #brooklyn #sunsetpark #flowers #flowershop #flores #tiendadeflores

Sunset Florist is a charming shop in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The classic slogan “say it with flowers” is translated into Spanish — “digalo con flores.” Love this — I’d bring this shop flowers, but it doesn’t need any more. #brooklyn #sunsetpark #flowers #flowershop #flores #tiendadeflores

Jul 28

The Cheyenne Motel is along what I’ve taken to calling the “Avenue of the Giants” on the #lincolnhighway in Cheyenne. The giants, of course, are towering vintage signs that are as inventive as they are breathtaking. This one is no exception. #cheyenne #wyoming

The Cheyenne Motel is along what I’ve taken to calling the “Avenue of the Giants” on the #lincolnhighway in Cheyenne. The giants, of course, are towering vintage signs that are as inventive as they are breathtaking. This one is no exception. #cheyenne #wyoming

Jul 27

This is one of my favorite places to grab a slice, and that’s the case for many other people, considering Antonio’s has been on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn since 1950. Its neon sign is safely encased behind a plastic cover. #brooklyn #parkslope #prospectheights #igbroooklyn #ig_brooklyn #nypizza #pizzeria

This is one of my favorite places to grab a slice, and that’s the case for many other people, considering Antonio’s has been on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn since 1950. Its neon sign is safely encased behind a plastic cover. #brooklyn #parkslope #prospectheights #igbroooklyn #ig_brooklyn #nypizza #pizzeria

Jul 26

When I look back at my journey halfway across America on the #lincolnhighway, I keep drifting  back to Cheyenne, Wyoming. That city has one of the great treasure troves of vintage signage in the nation. Here’s one of my favorites there, and anywhere, the Red Wood Bar & Lounge. #cheyenne #wyoming

When I look back at my journey halfway across America on the #lincolnhighway, I keep drifting back to Cheyenne, Wyoming. That city has one of the great treasure troves of vintage signage in the nation. Here’s one of my favorites there, and anywhere, the Red Wood Bar & Lounge. #cheyenne #wyoming

Jul 24

This one hurts. The beloved Manhattan dive bar Subway Inn, with one of New York’s most gorgeous neon signs, is closing next month. The owners of the bar, which dates to 1937, say they will relocate. I hope that neon will keep shining on somewhere else, because its departure is a big loss. #igersnyc #nyc #manhattan

This one hurts. The beloved Manhattan dive bar Subway Inn, with one of New York’s most gorgeous neon signs, is closing next month. The owners of the bar, which dates to 1937, say they will relocate. I hope that neon will keep shining on somewhere else, because its departure is a big loss. #igersnyc #nyc #manhattan

Jul 23

The Oregon Trail Motel in Ogallala, Nebraska has a distinctive vintage sign that’s made all the better by the wonderful “Color TV by RCA” sign. I pulled over and chatted up the proprietor, a very friendly woman who gave the back story on “Color TV by RCA” signs. The short story? RCA placed the sign outside in exchange for a sweet deal for the motel on new RCA TV sets! RCA reached out to the motel with the offer after the motel mailed in its warranties on several RCA sets it had purchased on its own accord. The woman told me she had considered taking down the RCA sign but I insisted that the colorful sign remains a selling point (at least to #signgeeks) and even told her the motel’s sign is in a #lincolnhighway guidebook! Talk about getting a good deal on those long-gone TV sets. #colortvbyrca

The Oregon Trail Motel in Ogallala, Nebraska has a distinctive vintage sign that’s made all the better by the wonderful “Color TV by RCA” sign. I pulled over and chatted up the proprietor, a very friendly woman who gave the back story on “Color TV by RCA” signs. The short story? RCA placed the sign outside in exchange for a sweet deal for the motel on new RCA TV sets! RCA reached out to the motel with the offer after the motel mailed in its warranties on several RCA sets it had purchased on its own accord. The woman told me she had considered taking down the RCA sign but I insisted that the colorful sign remains a selling point (at least to #signgeeks) and even told her the motel’s sign is in a #lincolnhighway guidebook! Talk about getting a good deal on those long-gone TV sets. #colortvbyrca

Jul 22

Boarded up and fading fast, Frosty Stand lingers along the #lincolnhighway in McGill, Nevada — along with the vanishing traces of the summer fun it once provided. #nevada

Boarded up and fading fast, Frosty Stand lingers along the #lincolnhighway in McGill, Nevada — along with the vanishing traces of the summer fun it once provided. #nevada

Jul 21

One of my favorite signs in San Francisco: John’s Grill, the “home of the Maltese Falcon.”

One of my favorite signs in San Francisco: John’s Grill, the “home of the Maltese Falcon.”

Jul 20

45 years ago tonight, this tape was whirling on a primitive VCR, capturing the event that would prompt the New York Times headline the next morning: MEN WALK ON MOON. I’ve had this tape for years, and will get around to transferring it some day! Is Cronkite on this tape? Huntley and Brinkley? Howard K. Smith? Are the groovy commercial breaks  intact? So many questions. #nasa #menonmoon #lunarlanding #moon #tvhistory #memorex #manonmoon

45 years ago tonight, this tape was whirling on a primitive VCR, capturing the event that would prompt the New York Times headline the next morning: MEN WALK ON MOON. I’ve had this tape for years, and will get around to transferring it some day! Is Cronkite on this tape? Huntley and Brinkley? Howard K. Smith? Are the groovy commercial breaks intact? So many questions. #nasa #menonmoon #lunarlanding #moon #tvhistory #memorex #manonmoon

My little tribute to #jamesgarner. I’ve long been a fan of “The Rockford Files,” and have been tearing through old episodes on Netflix in part to see LA in the 1970s. #signgeeks will appreciate cameos by classic signs including The Safari Inn and other gems — many now lost — of the Southland. Anyway, I recently acquired the exact model of phone Jim Rockford had on his desk, as seen in the opening credits, right. Mine, seen at left, is a similar early 1970s Western Electric Model 2500. Love the thing — and its ring! Alas, no 1970s answering machine to go with it. #rockfordfiles #phones #oldphones #classictv #igersla #ig_la #caligrammers #losangeles

My little tribute to #jamesgarner. I’ve long been a fan of “The Rockford Files,” and have been tearing through old episodes on Netflix in part to see LA in the 1970s. #signgeeks will appreciate cameos by classic signs including The Safari Inn and other gems — many now lost — of the Southland. Anyway, I recently acquired the exact model of phone Jim Rockford had on his desk, as seen in the opening credits, right. Mine, seen at left, is a similar early 1970s Western Electric Model 2500. Love the thing — and its ring! Alas, no 1970s answering machine to go with it. #rockfordfiles #phones #oldphones #classictv #igersla #ig_la #caligrammers #losangeles