Tag Archives: vintage signage

End of the Year stuff

Bits and pieces as we head towards the end of the year. Continue reading

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Launching vintagesignsanjose.com (and asking for 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? Continue reading

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Little sketches: Inktober, Week 2

Another week of Inktober and I’m quite pleased to have stuck with it for 16 days. Hoping to make it through the end of the month, a little inking everyday. Are you doing the  Inktober challenge? If you are, what are your … Continue reading

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On The Alameda

Vintage Alameda Street. San Jose, California. Continue reading

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Catch ’em before they’re gone

Drawing old signs in Silicon Valley always feels like a race against time… Continue reading

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Plain white water tower

This plain white water tower  and smokestack on 5th street in San Jose once belonged to the American Can Company and stand as a quiet reminders of the agricultural past of Silicon Valley. Now this little forgotten pocket of San Jose is where … Continue reading

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Jose Theater and Zanotto’s

Two gems on one street… Continue reading

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A common surprise

It’s becoming more and more common: someone will email me telling me about an interesting sign in San Jose that I haven’t sketched. I’ll go out to sketch it only to find something quite different from what was described to me. Just a couple … Continue reading

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Two Theaters in Palo Alto

Two vintage theater marquees in Palo Alto, California. And why I work solely on location. Continue reading

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Vintage Signage and the Mercury News.

Yes, more vintage signs from around San Jose. The Flamingo Motel. The Alameda, San Jose. And this Orchard Supply sign , probably from the 1950s. In the background a del Monte water tower that I want to draw someday soon. The … Continue reading

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