Monday, May 17, 2010

Souvenir Sign Replica

Signs, Signs everywhere are signs. Some people harken back to the old Burma-Shave roadside sign series. As a kid, I took a trip along the east coast and remember the many billboards for South of the Boarder. Once we entered the south, "Pedro" and his folksy signs enticed us to stop at the mega tourist trap. A rare metal souvenir replica of the large neon sign of Pedro himself was offered on eBay. The replica was made as a pencil sharpener measures .75” x 1.25” x 2.25” tall. A small replica of the original style Holiday Inn sign was made in metal as was the "Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas Nevada" sign which greets visitors entering the city. Those who exit can read the sign's reverse: "Drive Carefully. Come Back Soon." Further north is the Alaska Highway (also known as the Alaskan Highway, Alaska-Canadian Highway, or ALCAN Highway) which was constructed during World War II and connects the contiguous U.S. to Alaska through Canada. It runs from Dawson Creek, British Columbia to Delta Junction, Alaska, via Whitehorse, Yukon. Completed in 1943, it was 2,237 km or 1,390 miles long, but is becoming shorter due to rerouting. A miniature wooden replica of this Alaska Highway marker stands 5 inches tall. Then, in Itasca State Park, Minnesota a remarkable thing begins - the Mississippi River starts its trek to the Gulf of Mexico. Words carved into the side of a tree trunk at the park is a monument marking this spot. A plaster or resin cast replica of that marker, standing 7" tall on a roughly 3" diameter base, was for visitors to remember this unusual natural sign. Do you know of other mini souvenir replicas of signage, sign posts or signs of our time?

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