welcome

pairNothing like a Welcome sign to make you feel…I don’t know, welcome? Today’s post compares two welcome signs taken in two different cities. The picture taken in Miami was taken in February of 2014. At the time, I was living in Ohio and February in Ohio looks very different than February in Miami like, for instance, the sun, green leaves and blue sky. Just to put it in perspective, I took these pictures within a few hours of each other:unknown
Yeah…so, when I saw this Welcome to Miami Beach sign, I was more in awe of the shadows that the letters cast because I hadn’t seen the sun in about 5 months at that time. Look how pretty:welcome-1welcome-2Here’s some history on Miami Beach via Wikipedia: The Town of Miami Beach was chartered on March 26, 1915; it grew to become a City in 1917. Carl Fisher was the main promoter of Miami Beach’s development in the 1920s as the site for wealthy industrialists from the north and Midwest to build their winter homes here. The Miami Beach peninsula became an island in April 1925 when Haulover Cut was opened, connecting the ocean to the bay, north of present-day Bal Harbour. The great hurricane of Sept. 17-18, 1926, put an end to this prosperous era of the Florida Boom, but in the 1930s Miami Beach still attracted tourists, and investors constructed the mostly small-scale, stucco hotels and rooming houses, for seasonal rental, that comprise much of the present “Art Deco” historic district.welcome-3Those shadows are everything. Ok, moving west and forward in time is the famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign which I took just a few weeks ago. This sign has an amazing story. It was constructed in 1959 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. See? Here’s proof:welcome-to-vegas-1The sign was designed by Betty Willis at the request of Ted Rogich, a local salesman, who sold it to Clark County, Nevada. Betty Willis intended to design a sign that was unique in its shape, style and content. Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO, which you can see at the bottom of the white portion of the sign) currently owns the sign, which leases it to Clark County, while the design itself is in the public domain. welcome-to-vegas-2In a nod to Nevada’s nickname as “the Silver State,” across the top of the sign are white neon circles, designed to represent silver dollars. The circles each contain a red painted letter, outlined in neon, which together form the word “Welcome.” The design is characteristic of the Googie architecture movement.welcome-to-vegas-3welcome-to-vegas-5Here’s a close up of the yellow light bulbs because why not:welcome-to-vegas-4As I was walking the Vegas Strip (ok, that sounds really bad–I promise the dirtiest thing I did was get down on the ground to take pictures of manhole covers and this shot below), I noticed these little plaques (about 2x the size of a quarter) in the sidewalk which help direct people with a self-guided tour. ‘Fabulous’ is a bit of a hot mess but love how they replicated the sign to help lead people in the right direction. vegas-strip-marker

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