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I love Hand Done Signs

Day 10 of the 30 Day Challenge

When I go on road trips it seems like most of the country is being corporatized. It seems like whenever I get to a new town, there’s very little to distinguish it from the last town. Sprawl has taken over and it’s the same pattern over and over. Things are done to stay on brand, logos are the same at every outlet in the country, etc. There is no way to see the hand of a human that created something.

Hand done signs like these took time from someone’s day. They had to gather the materials and then concentrate long enough to do a good job and have something presentable in the end. Something to convey information to folks that need it. Sometimes despite the best laid plans, some folks make misnakes. It happens to the best of us. The last sign was in New Albany, Mississippi. An old bridge had been taken down and was being used to support a bandstand thing. The sign was left alone, and was apparently in place for many years that the bridge was part of a small overpass.

Sign in Water Valley, Mississippi
Sign at the site of William Faulkner’s mansion
Bridge sign with spelling error
Wait for it….New Albany, Mississippi

9 thoughts on “I love Hand Done Signs”

  1. great post. I agree with you. The unique Hand made things make the world a better place. Great photos. So glad you are having such a artistic trip.

  2. Haha! It is sad that some of the old things are being forgotten. New is not always needed, or better. One reason I love your photos Dave. You have an appreciation for history. And stories from the past. 🙂 Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Thank you for the kind words! I like to look for the story. Or just make one up. But there has to be one

  3. I don’t get over to Amish Lancaster anymore but they used to have the crude hand made signs and I always thought they were almost a peek into the past.

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