A project I’ve been working on, in fits and starts, over the last couple of years is documenting vintage signage around Silicon Valley, and particularly around San Jose. West San Carlos Street in San Jose has a wealth of signage, but if you look all around you at the horizon, you can see new development everywhere, creeping in to replace the old.
You’ve got to love a pun as bad as this one: “Oh See!” exclaims the sign for O.C McDonald Plumbing. Founded in 1906, they claim to have installed the city’s first air conditioning system.
Just a block away is Westside Billiards. That sign is probably from the 1950s, but the 8-ball may have been added later.
You can see all my signage sketches so far here in this flickr album. Or, search ‘vintage signs’ on my blog and see all my posts of them. If you know of signs in the area I should sketch, let me know!