enslen’s by vistavision on Flickr.
Sign for Enslen’s Super Market, Washington Court House, Ohio. I like the sans-serif with the diagonal emphasis. Since they say “Super Market,” I’m guessing this dates from the 40s. The serif italic looks strikingly like a modern “casual” typeface. I can’t figure out why this sign was painted in a narrow little alley, barely wide enough for one car. I guess they just wanted to label their store and not advertise it per se.
Martings sign, Portsmouth, Ohio by bellanox on Flickr.
Marting’s Department store was a fixture on Chillicothe Street in Portsmouth, Ohio, for many years. Unfortunately, it was closed a year or more before this photograph was taken, and I found a certain bit of irony in the declaration on the sign, seeing as the store had closed: Marting’s - ‘here for you yesterday, here for you today!’ Except that they were no longer ‘here for me’. A lot of people were very sad when Marting’s closed. Photographed November 25, 2003.
Oakwood Townhall by steven largouet on Flickr.
Offices of mayor, clerk, police, jailhouse.
Bureau du maire, du notaire, de police, prison aussi a l’occasion (ce n’est pas moi qui invente, c’est marque la, sur le petit panneau en bois au bord du trottoir).
A bit like our local shops in Brittany. One guy, thousand jobs : bakery, post office, convenience store, bar, petrol station, barber shop even sometimes and all that in the same place.
Un petit air des epiceries bar-tabac, depot de pain, station-essence, salon de coiffure que ll’on croise encore sur certaines departementales de Bretagne.