A sign outside of a post office on East Broadway in New York City’s Chinatown. Photographed earlier this morning.

A sign outside of a post office on East Broadway in New York City’s Chinatown. Photographed earlier this morning.

A sign spotted in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood a couple days ago while I was walking to get groceries during the snowstorm. God watches all who steal Christmas ornaments. And so do some of the cameras in the neighborhood.

A sign spotted in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood a couple days ago while I was walking to get groceries during the snowstorm. God watches all who steal Christmas ornaments. And so do some of the cameras in the neighborhood.

A sign for poultry and rabbits in Williamsburg, from The Way It Is edited by John Holland, from 1969 - a new addition to the Public Collectors PDF library. Click here to download a full PDF of the book (note that it’s a big file - 109.5 megs - so please be patient). From the interior jacket of the cover:
"The stark reality of life for millions of young people in neglected urban neighborhoods is presented here by fifteen boys from such a community. Their homes are in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York, and they reveal in their own words and their own photographs what it is like to live there."

A sign for poultry and rabbits in Williamsburg, from The Way It Is edited by John Holland, from 1969 - a new addition to the Public Collectors PDF library. Click here to download a full PDF of the book (note that it’s a big file - 109.5 megs - so please be patient). From the interior jacket of the cover:

"The stark reality of life for millions of young people in neglected urban neighborhoods is presented here by fifteen boys from such a community. Their homes are in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York, and they reveal in their own words and their own photographs what it is like to live there."

Spotted this morning at the flea market in Rosemont, Illinois: patriotic hot dog menu.

Spotted this morning at the flea market in Rosemont, Illinois: patriotic hot dog menu.

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A beautiful hand-painted sign, spotted on Haight Street in San Francisco.

A beautiful hand-painted sign, spotted on Haight Street in San Francisco.

A detail of a hand-painted sign on Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood.

A detail of a hand-painted sign on Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood.

Some delicious hand-painted Mexican pastries, offered on Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. Cupcake? Cheese cake? Strawberry shortcake? 

Some delicious hand-painted Mexican pastries, offered on Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. Cupcake? Cheese cake? Strawberry shortcake? 

A sign issuing an unusually formal warning to drug pushers, documented yesterday on Chicago’s West side.

A sign issuing an unusually formal warning to drug pushers, documented yesterday on Chicago’s West side.

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A sign for the Black Panther hair salon in Budapest, Hungary. I’m fairly positive that the hair dressers working there are or were not actually members of the Black Panther Party.

A sign for the Black Panther hair salon in Budapest, Hungary. I’m fairly positive that the hair dressers working there are or were not actually members of the Black Panther Party.

One of the many hand-drawn signs at a small bicycle and ski sales and repair shop in Graz, Austria.

One of the many hand-drawn signs at a small bicycle and ski sales and repair shop in Graz, Austria.

One of the many hand-drawn signs at a small bicycle and ski sales and repair shop in Graz, Austria.

One of the many hand-drawn signs at a small bicycle and ski sales and repair shop in Graz, Austria.

One of the many hand-drawn signs at a small bicycle and ski sales and repair shop in Graz, Austria.

One of the many hand-drawn signs at a small bicycle and ski sales and repair shop in Graz, Austria.

Signage for the store Sixtuwohl, now closed, in Graz, Austria.

Signage for the store Sixtuwohl, now closed, in Graz, Austria.

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One of the less well known places where one can enjoy coffee in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood.

One of the less well known places where one can enjoy coffee in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood.

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Hand-painted signage from the Mattress Outlet on N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood.

Hand-painted signage from the Mattress Outlet on N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood.