This is one of the finest midcentury signs I’ve ever seen. It survives in Yonkers, N.Y., at the Center Raceway Diner, established in 1963. The sign has so much that makes it a best in class: funky geometry, an arrow, flashing light bulbs, typographical variety, pink neon, rich shades of yellow and orange, a fantastic cartoon, period wording like cocktails. For you #signgeeks out there, it’s a must visit if you’re anywhere near New York. Next time, I’ll be sure to stop in for some coffee. The place is popular, as measured by the full parking lot. #signporn #neonsigns #neon #googie #midcentury #signswitharrows #pop #ig_signage #roadsideamerica #rous_roadsigns #americana #1960s #royalsnappingartists #roadtrip
Vintage Volkswagen vans are a rare sight these days, especially in the Northeast, where harsh weather and road salt made mince meat of them. This groovy specimen, complete with hand-painted scrawlings that would make the hippies in the ‘Freedom Rock’ commercial proud, was parked on 14th Street near the decidedly grunge-free Meatpacking District. #classiccars #vans #vw #volkswagen #hippie #1960s #retro #vintage
This amazing, vintage 7 Up sign is in North Beach, San Francisco. It’s a riot of 1960s hippie goodness. Will have much more on it and other vintage signs and storefronts from San Francisco in upcoming posts on The Retrologist. #hippie #retro #vintage #signs #sf #1960s #pop #flowers #psychedelic (Taken with Instagram)
The riot of pop colors! The names of mid-century technologies preserved in plastic! This sign for J&R Color TV in Park Slope is a true wonder. For The Retrologist, the J&R sign is a highlight of every walk down Seventh Avenue in The Slope. What’s not to love about a sign that promotes the magic of color TV, phonos and tape recorders, all things that people essentially carry around in their pockets today, consolidated into a smartphone. It’s truly one of the best signs of its era left in New York City.
Text and photos: Rolando Pujol