Visualingual: Ever Onward Under Other Skies

Today is the 14-year anniversary of P. Scott Makela’s passing. For years now, I’ve wanted to explain his impact on me, but words fall short. I decided to stop worrying about whether or not I can write an adequate tribute; … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Ever Onward Under Other Skies

Visualingual: Casino Theater by Zettel & Rapp

The old Casino [later Regal] Theater is located at 1201 Linn St. in Cincinnati’s West End neighborhood. It was designed by Zettel & Rapp and opened in 1913. According to this resource, George W. and Walter L. Rapp [I think … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Casino Theater by Zettel & Rapp

Visualingual: Baker Brush Co. Inc. Ghost Sign in NYC

Actually, my favorite part of the Baker Brush Co. Inc. ghost sign is the word “receivin.” Spotted this one on Greene St. in SoHo between Canal and Grand Sts. . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Baker Brush Co. Inc. Ghost Sign in NYC

Visualingual: USS Alabama (BB-60) in Mobile

The USS Alabama (BB-60), a South Dakota-class battleship that served in WWII, measures 680 feet from stem to stern, half as long as the Empire State Building is tall, and 108 feet at the widest point. She was decommissioned in … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Visualingual: USS Alabama (BB-60) in Mobile

Visualingual: Noah’s Whiskey Beer Ghost Sign in Cincinnati

The ghost sign for Noah’s Whiskey Beer [or Pepsi Whiskey Beer Noah's, as it were] is on the corner of Spring Grove Ave. and Ledlie St. in a light-manufacturing no-man’s-land in Cincinnati. . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Noah’s Whiskey Beer Ghost Sign in Cincinnati

Visualingual: Bayer Pills Ghost Sign in Savannah

This awesome ghost sign proclaiming Bayer Pills is located on West Congress St. in Savannah, between Jefferson and Montgomery Sts. . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Bayer Pills Ghost Sign in Savannah

Visualingual: Cincinnati Times-Star Building by Samuel Hannaford & Sons

Located at 800 Broadway in downtown Cincinnati, the old Times-Star Building by Samuel Hannaford & Sons opened its doors in 1933. The 16-story limestone building features an Art Deco façade that pays tribute to the printing and publishing businesses. The … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Cincinnati Times-Star Building by Samuel Hannaford & Sons

Visualingual: Field Guide to the Vanity License Plates of Southwestern Ohio: Part 9

Today my ongoing typological investigation into the vanity license plates of Southwestern Ohio focuses on all creatures great and small. I’m a cat person, so we’ll start with cats and HLO KTTY. Moving right along, we’ve got BARECAT, KITNBUS, UCBRCT … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Field Guide to the Vanity License Plates of Southwestern Ohio: Part 9

Visualingual: Leon Jewelry Ghost Sign in Mobile

Leon Jewelry was located at 222 Dauphin St. in Mobile, AL, just a hop and a skip from the heart of downtown. A lovely protruding sign on a beautiful old building! . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Leon Jewelry Ghost Sign in Mobile

Visualingual: Polinsky Co. Ghost Sign in Cincinnati

The Polinsky Co. Office Furniture ghost sign refers to a business at 210 East. 9th St. in downtown Cincinnati, but it’s painted onto the back of the building and visible from Main St. Typewriters, adding machines, and calculators, but what … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Polinsky Co. Ghost Sign in Cincinnati

Visualingual: Edison Theatre Ghost Sign in Fort Myers

Built in 1941, the old Edison Theatre is located on the corner of Hendry and Main Sts. in downtown Fort Myers. This Art Deco confection now houses offices, but I’m glad that the façade has remained intact. According to this … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Edison Theatre Ghost Sign in Fort Myers

Visualingual: Lion Brothers Co. Inc. Ghost Sign in Baltimore

Located at 875 Hollins St. in Baltimore, the old Lion Brothers Co. Inc. building is on the National Historic Register. The company, established in 1899, was once the world’s largest manufacturer of embroidered emblems and insignia. It still exists and … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Lion Brothers Co. Inc. Ghost Sign in Baltimore

Visualingual: VisuaLingual in CityBeat’s Best of Cincinnati 2013

Today is April Fools’ Day, but this isn’t a joke: we’re included in the CityBeat Best of Cincinnati 2013 issue as the Best Hometown Hero Design Duo [page 79]. Gosh, you guys… But wait, there’s more! On page 143, check … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Visualingual: VisuaLingual in CityBeat’s Best of Cincinnati 2013

Visualingual: Liberty Tire Ghost Sign in Cincinnati

One of my favorite Cincinnati ghost signs is Liberty Tire on the edge of Northside, at the corner of Elmore St. and Spring Grove Ave. It’s not just a sign; it’s an entire painted building. Is it just me, or … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Liberty Tire Ghost Sign in Cincinnati

Visualingual: Noted without Comment

Okay, just one comment: I suddenly have the urge to unearth my Trapper Keeper from junior high and compare my adolescent hand-lettering efforts to this sign in downtown Cincinnati. . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Noted without Comment

Visualingual: Hee Haw Carry Out Ghost Sign in Baltimore

The ghost sign for Hee Haw Carry Out is located on the corner of Schroeder and Baltimore Sts. in Baltimore. Subs, sandwiches, seafood, pizza… What more could you want? . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Hee Haw Carry Out Ghost Sign in Baltimore

Visualingual: Cincinnati Union Terminal by Alfred Fellheimer, Steward Wagner and Paul Phillipe Cret

The Cincinnati Union Terminal was designed by Alfred Fellheimer and Steward Wagner, with design consultant Paul Phillipe Cret being responsible for the dramatic Art Deco aesthetic inside and out. Ground was broken in 1929 just before the stock market crash, … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Cincinnati Union Terminal by Alfred Fellheimer, Steward Wagner and Paul Phillipe Cret

Visualingual: Kress Ghost Sign in Tampa

Ever since I spotted the Kress ghost sign in Albuquerque, I keep coming across more of them in different cities. I guess this chain of stores was fairly extensive. This ornate example was spotted in downtown Tampa. This imposing building … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Kress Ghost Sign in Tampa

Visualingual: Field Guide to the Vanity License Plates of Southwestern Ohio: Part 8

The eighth installment of my typological investigation into the vanity license plates of Southwestern Ohio focuses on places, starting with NEUYORK and my accidental selfie. Ohio State is CAL DRMN: CALI CHC: ASPEN5: TOLEDO M: Closer to home, we’ve got … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Visualingual: Field Guide to the Vanity License Plates of Southwestern Ohio: Part 8

Visualingual: USS Drum (SS-228) in Mobile

Launched on 12 May 1941, the USS Drum (SS-228) was the first of the Gato-class submarines to be commissioned and enter WWII. It’s now located in Battleship Memorial Park alongside the USS Alabama and a collection of notable aircraft. A … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Visualingual: USS Drum (SS-228) in Mobile

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