Coachmans Dinner & Pancake House: comforting vintage signage promoting comfort food in Salt Lake City. They’ll leave the lantern on for you. #saltlakecity #slc #lantern #coachman

Coachmans Dinner & Pancake House: comforting vintage signage promoting comfort food in Salt Lake City. They’ll leave the lantern on for you. #saltlakecity #slc #lantern #coachman

Chapel of the Bells, tying knots in Reno since 1962. Business, they say, isn’t what it used to be. Absolutely amazing signage BTW — a detail here of the majestic whole. #reno #nevada #weddings #bridal

Chapel of the Bells, tying knots in Reno since 1962. Business, they say, isn’t what it used to be. Absolutely amazing signage BTW — a detail here of the majestic whole. #reno #nevada #weddings #bridal

A “crisp and clean” detail from a magnificent vintage neon billboard for the Uncola in Merced, California, off Route 99 in the sun-kissed heart of the Golden State. #route99 #california #merced #7up

A “crisp and clean” detail from a magnificent vintage neon billboard for the Uncola in Merced, California, off Route 99 in the sun-kissed heart of the Golden State. #route99 #california #merced #7up

A sensational slice of Reno’s winning #vintagesignage. #reno #nevada

A sensational slice of Reno’s winning #vintagesignage. #reno #nevada

We’ve all heard of Muffler Men — well, meet the Muffler Family! This is a wonderful piece of folk art. This patriotic family unit — complete with Muffler Dog, a baby on a bottle and other great details — greets customers at a Meineke Car Care shop on Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn. #mufflermen #folkart #foundart #streetart #brooklyn #parkslope #igersnyc #nyc #newyork #instapic #instadaily #photowall #icatching

We’ve all heard of Muffler Men — well, meet the Muffler Family! This is a wonderful piece of folk art. This patriotic family unit — complete with Muffler Dog, a baby on a bottle and other great details — greets customers at a Meineke Car Care shop on Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn. #mufflermen #folkart #foundart #streetart #brooklyn #parkslope #igersnyc #nyc #newyork #instapic #instadaily #photowall #icatching

Old things in New York often don’t disappear — they are just hidden, waiting to surprise the sidewalk archaeologist in all of us. So this turned up from the past: A long-hidden sign for Ben’s Fruit  grocery store, freshly uncovered in Downtown Brooklyn. Just the other day, another sign — for a deli — emerged from decades of shadows in Manhattan. (Scroll back in my gallery to see it.) As for Ben’s, the curious may examine this fading old sign on Hoyt Street between Schermerhorn and Livingston streets. Big thank you to @cristinaeverett for alerting me this morning. I didn’t waste a second documenting this! Ben’s alas will be gone in a New York minute.

Old things in New York often don’t disappear — they are just hidden, waiting to surprise the sidewalk archaeologist in all of us. So this turned up from the past: A long-hidden sign for Ben’s Fruit grocery store, freshly uncovered in Downtown Brooklyn. Just the other day, another sign — for a deli — emerged from decades of shadows in Manhattan. (Scroll back in my gallery to see it.) As for Ben’s, the curious may examine this fading old sign on Hoyt Street between Schermerhorn and Livingston streets. Big thank you to @cristinaeverett for alerting me this morning. I didn’t waste a second documenting this! Ben’s alas will be gone in a New York minute.

Rich in history but now deep into a seemingly irreversible decline, Tagus Ranch compels a pullover from Route 99 north of Tulare, California. Once a thriving motel, coffee shop and live music venue, Tagus is withering away, a beautiful ruin that maintains its dignity despite the elements and vandalism. #tagusranch #tulare #route99

Rich in history but now deep into a seemingly irreversible decline, Tagus Ranch compels a pullover from Route 99 north of Tulare, California. Once a thriving motel, coffee shop and live music venue, Tagus is withering away, a beautiful ruin that maintains its dignity despite the elements and vandalism. #tagusranch #tulare #route99

Sit a spell and enjoy a good siesta at one of the most colorful places in Wyoming — the delightful Gas Lite Motel in Laramie. Old West. Old school. And all right, pardner. #laramie #wyoming #oldwest #frontier

Sit a spell and enjoy a good siesta at one of the most colorful places in Wyoming — the delightful Gas Lite Motel in Laramie. Old West. Old school. And all right, pardner. #laramie #wyoming #oldwest #frontier

The name may be Ho Hum, but the sign isn’t. This motel is in #signgeek oasis Reno, Nevada.

The name may be Ho Hum, but the sign isn’t. This motel is in #signgeek oasis Reno, Nevada.

This is the third example of a rare version of the McDonald’s arches I’ve found in the United States. This is along Route 22 in northern New Jersey. The two others are in Rialto, California (on #route66) and Reno, Nevada. These date to the late 1960s or so, and feature gargantuan arches anchored into the ground, instead of smaller arches on a pole that would become the standard. It’s nice these transitional arches have managed to hang on.  #mcdonalds #goldenarches #route22 #newjersey #fastfood

This is the third example of a rare version of the McDonald’s arches I’ve found in the United States. This is along Route 22 in northern New Jersey. The two others are in Rialto, California (on #route66) and Reno, Nevada. These date to the late 1960s or so, and feature gargantuan arches anchored into the ground, instead of smaller arches on a pole that would become the standard. It’s nice these transitional arches have managed to hang on. #mcdonalds #goldenarches #route22 #newjersey #fastfood