New Orleans House Numbers
28 August, 2012

IJust like the local music scene, the house numbers are funky :)

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Champaign, Illinois
16 August, 2011

Champaign Urbana is home of the University of Illinois (and not much more). However, wandering around on my last visit there I captured a few random interesting signs and letters. Tastes like the midwest.

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The Hamilton Wood Type Museum
28 July, 2011

My first trip to the historic / legendary / incredible Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers Wisconsin. On our way through Wisconsin we passed close enough (about 1.5 hours out of the way) to justify finally making the detour to visit.

We came on a slow day, it was just our tiny group of three and one volunteer at the museum. The museum (former factory) is huge. They have over 1.5 million pieces of wood type, several working presses that are still in use, and all the tools and equipment used to make new wood type – also still in use! The staff and volunteers are happy to take you around and explain everything in a nice way that even non-type people can appreciate.

So, if you ever find yourself in Wisconsin you really have to make the trip to visit Hamilton. You should go soon too… you never know how long a place like this will be around. And incase you need more motivation or better excuses to go: they regularly have public workshops for you to play with things, or you could always attend their epic Wayzgoose workshop that takes place every autumn. I haven’t been yet, but there are always great stories from it.

Some pics via Flickr:
Wayzgoose 2009
Wayzgoose 2010

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Chowda Heads Make Some Wicked Type
11 April, 2009


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New Orleans pt. 2
2 January, 2009

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Hoopeston Sweet Corn Festival
14 October, 2008

These handmade signs fit right in with Hoopeston’s annual Sweet Corn Festival in late August. For just a couple bucks you get admission to the festivities (an atmosphere like a state fair) and as much corn as you can eat. Serious digestive problems are guaranteed the next day. To clarify one of the above pictures, the sign announcing the “limit 6 ears per person” is only referring only to each time through the line. Shrewd patrons bring their own containers to hoard vast quantities of additional corn – for later at home of course. (It is never as good the next day though.)

After finishing the corn, be sure to stick around for the National SweetHeart Pageant which is just a few steps away from the big Miss America Pageant. But wait, there’s more! On top of all this you can also enjoy: a corn eating contest, flee market, raffle, petting zoo, pony and camel rides, beer tent, chili cook off in the beer tent, magician, hypnotist, teen dance, demolition derby, an autograph session, and an antique auto show!

Welcome to Central Illinois!

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TypeCon Buffalo 2008
21 July, 2008

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TypeCon Boston 2006
15 August, 2006

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