One of my favorite things to discover when going through the pictures I have accumulated throughout my travels is how different cities handle the same types of signs. I wanted to post about the amazing furniture signs I discovered when I was in Charleston, SC but then realized what made them amazing was how vastly different they were from others I have. So, today’s post is all about furniture so pull up a chair, here we go!
Albuquerque, NM:Not sure if the curve of the letters is freehand, poor planning or on purpose but the spacing is nuts. Typically, yellow letters are hard to read no matter what the surface but on glass especially. This somehow found a way to be legible and has such charm due to the unique spacing. I can only imagine what type of furniture they sell there.
Charleston, SC:This Chase Furniture sign caught my eye while walking down King St. in Charleston. I love the 2 triangles next to the CO. This building was constructed in 1946. The company left the building in 2005 and has been vacant since in. When I saw this sign, I knew there had to be other signage around the building and I was not disappointed:(Unrelated: Wish there was a way to take pictures without being in the reflection). I first saw the sign as I approached the building from the same side of the street. Saw the ghost sign at the entry and thought that there must be something on the building too. I crossed the street and holy smokes:I bet the furniture they sold was awesome.What a beauty!
Morris Sokol is another furniture company in Chareston:It closed in 2015 after being in business for 94 years. It looked vacant when I walked by in the Fall of 2016.The sign is awesome but I bet they sold stuffy office furniture.Here are a few furniture ghost signs I have spotted. All caps. All san serif.
Cleveland, OH:Oklahoma City, OK:Youngstown, OH:Tampa, FL:
Larmon Furniture has been in business since 1931. They merged with another furniture chain a year before I was in Tampa. This vacant building sits in Ybor City, a historic district northeast of Tampa.That ampersand! Hey, friend!Sioux Falls, SD:I was so excited to be in Sioux Falls, South Dakota I went camera happy. Literally, taking pictures of everything that marked where I was. Nothing great about this sign except for the fact that I took it…in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Columbus, GA:I was in Columbus a few weeks ago for Creative South and had the opportunity to walk around in between sessions the main streets (street, who am i kidding…it was one street) there. This Raymond Rowe sign and building caught my eye. It has been a fixture in downtown Columbus for nearly 74 years and when I was there, it was preparing to go out of business. The building and signs are going to be torn down and replaced with a hotel.It’s neat to see how furniture signs can vary so much from city to city!