Cinder block buildings, automotive shops, and endless stretches of concrete. These industrial edges always have the best signage. Here’s another one from East Vancouver. Oh yeah, that’s some good East Van.
One of the first places I remember being exposed to real, hand-drawn calligraphy was church. When I was a child, my family attended this extremely traditional, exceptionally British church. There was a group of elderly ladies who supplied fancy calligraphy for any and all important church events. It was always impressively rendered, and exceptionally curly.
This is a thing I found while scrounging around for ghost-hunting supplies (future project related, stay tuned summer 2013!) in the Science World workshop where my little brother works. We loved the smug look on the kid’s face and the fact that father and son are completing basic electronics while in space.
A lot of my friends in Vancouver have been posting about the fact that one of the last two “hobbit houses” in the city is for sale. This house is absolutely gorgeous, but there is a less well-known hobbit house that has secretly always been my favourite one.
I’ve always had a soft spot for low-rise, low-rent industrial neighbourhoods. Maybe it’s because I have a lot of good childhood memories of spending time in one such neighbourhood where out family business is located, or maybe it’s because of awesome signage like this one.
I’m in the love with the signs that adorn fences at Vancouver’s older schools. Whoever painted them did a phenomenal job. Each one is a little bit different from the others, but when I’m walking down an East Van street and see one I’ve never spotted before, I always run over and take a quick picture. They’re just plain beautiful.
I visit an elderly friend of mine once a week. She lives in a typical era apartment building in Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood. It’s part of the west coast trend of the time of modern, function-first high-rises.
House of Steak sits at Clark and Hastings, smack in the middle of an industrial area dominated by car lots and automotive repair shops. It looks like it’s been abandoned for decades, but it only closed down a couple years ago. Before that it was owned by a couple who run the business themselves for years, and had just sort of stopped maintaining the exterior.
While walking to a friend’s house for dinner the other day, I stumbled across a pile of boxes stacked haphazardly next to one of those big metal charity donation bins. They were full of someone’s old book collection. There were some great examples of vintage book design there, but my favourite thing was one of the boxes themselves. Who doesn’t love a good vintage vodka logo?