I’m excited to announce the launch of a new blog dedicated to urban sketches of vintage signage in San Jose, California. If you have followed this blog for a while, you know that sketching these signs has been an obsession for the last few years.
Thanks to a grant from The Knight Foundation and History San José I am now researching those signs I have sketched, and sketching more on my list that I haven’t got around to yet. Eventually, all those sketches will turn into a book and an exhibit.
Here’s where I’d love your help:
If you know a history buff, interested in the history of Santa Clara Valley. Or someone who lived in the area and might know more about these signs or have a story to share, could you point them to the site? (Details at the end of this post)
I’d love to hear from them: Part of the challenge of the project is that I want to find out more about the stories behind these signs. And some signs are better documented than others. Many of the stories probably live only with the families that ran or patronized these businesses. And how much richer this project would be if I could collect those stories!
Here is how you can follow this project:
Go to www.vintagesignsanjose.com and click “Follow Me” at the bottom of the page, in red, to follow the blog and get notifications straight to your email every time I blog a new set of sketches. You can also use the contact page to send me a message.
Follow Vintage Signs San Jose on facebook
Or look up #vintagesignssanjose on Instagram
Want to know more? It’s all on the site,
More about the project here.
And a list of signs I am sketching here.