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Sign Language: Street Signs As Folk Art

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John Baeder, author of the classic books of roadside Americana, Diners and Gas, Food and Lodging, has a particular passion for handmade street signs. Collected here are 205 of Baeder's photographs of his favorite signs. Baeder's text offers revealing observations about folk are and real life and tells the reader much about letterforms, composition, and brushwork. But, more importantly, the author finds many of these signs true "cries from the heart," and his personal responses add new meanings to these simple, ...
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Overview

John Baeder, author of the classic books of roadside Americana, Diners and Gas, Food and Lodging, has a particular passion for handmade street signs. Collected here are 205 of Baeder's photographs of his favorite signs. Baeder's text offers revealing observations about folk are and real life and tells the reader much about letterforms, composition, and brushwork. But, more importantly, the author finds many of these signs true "cries from the heart," and his personal responses add new meanings to these simple, and often touching, public declarations. Reading this book will add pleasure to car trips and casual walks on city streets.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780810926424
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 10.29 (w) x 9.79 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
The Beginnings 11
Integration of Word and Symbol 26
Deeply Felt Emotions 37
Words and Letters Fit into Shapes and Spaces 52
Humor in Misspellings 65
Beauty in Letterforms 74
Graffiti - Messages to the World 86
The Ubiquitous "No Parking" Sign 94
Buildings as Signs 104
Poignant Black Church Signs 110
Divining the Future 120
Vehicles as Signs 127
Figurative Signage: The Object as Word 134
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