Over the summer, I wrote a couple of entries on the many quirky signs I encountered on my two-wheeled travels across Detroit. This is the third in a series focusing on those unusual signs. To read the first two, “Amusing Signs of Detroit” – “Amusing Signs of Detroit – Part 2”, simply click on the names.
As mentioned in the previous entries, I’m quite fond of Detroit’s grass-roots entrepreneurial spirit, in particular the promotional efforts many of the small-time business owners embark upon. I admire their odd signs found on the side of buildings, attached to telephone poles, trees, and those placed on neighborhood sidewalks. I especially like the ones constructed from discarded wooden pallets or unusually shaped sections of scrap plywood.
Many of the streetscape advertisements I come across while riding throughout the city feature bright, eye-catching, colorful letters that, in some cases, have typos in the message. A few can be hard to read as the lettering runs together. Others have sagging letters because they seem to have been created using an ordinary 3” economy paintbrush, or were fashioned straight from a can of over-the-counter spray paint. I’ve also seen crudely drawn illustrations that are muddy looking and totally out of proportion. Nevertheless, they do serve their intended purpose by featuring mattresses, refrigerators, liquor or other products or services.
Take a look the latest!
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