Category Archives: advertising

Time to say goodbye to large commercial signs?


With approximately 77 percent of all Americans now owning a smartphone, is there really a need for large commercial signs? One only needs to use the mapping software and GPS directions on their phones or built into their cars to … Continue reading

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Catchy and clever food truck names


Listed in alphabetical order with my favorite names shown in bold. Additional suggestions are welcome, as  long as they are (or were) real food trucks. While some of these food trucks no longer may be open, the names are still great. … Continue reading

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Birthplace geography of iconic pop/soda/cola brands


The following list identifies well-known soft drink brands (pops, sodas, and colas) from across much of North America. The criteria for inclusion in the list includes: Founded a minimum of 40 years ago – Vernor’s leading the way at 150 … Continue reading

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Classic car nameplates/hood ornaments


Took these photos (and many others) of classic car nameplates and hood ornaments over the past holiday weekend during the National Cherry Festival Classic Car Show. Enjoy!

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Monikers/nicknames for high-tech hubs – UPDATED


We’ve all heard of Silicon Valley and the Research Triangle, but what about lesser know high-tech hubs? Here are the monikers and nicknames found thus far – additions and corrections are always welcome. Aerospace Valley – Toulouse, France Automation Alley … Continue reading

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Can a city’s name harm its future?


The subject of this post could be considered by some to be quite controversial. Most, if not all cities take great pride in their name and the history surrounding it. But, are there times when the name takes on such … Continue reading

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Urban design without fake plastic signs


In many communities across the country, commercial signage seems to be employed in a manner that appears more appropriate in Las Vegas, Times Square, or in this¬†Radiohead video for the song Fake Plastic Trees, rather than on businesses¬†fronting Main Street. … Continue reading

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