American Sign Museum Welcomes Sandy Meyers as new Event Sales Manager

4 September
We are thrilled to welcome Sandy Meyers to the American Sign Museum family as our new Event Sales Manager. Sandy has lived in the Queen City for 15 years, but it’s the fast pace of her native Chicago that inspires her. It’s why event planning is her passion. “I love the excitement of working an event. Events and parties should have a flow. I love making sure that everything is running smoothly,” she says. Sandy actually began in the legal...

New Arrivals

30 August
Two of the point-of-purchase signs donated by Frank Schube
We have acquired more than three dozen acquisitions in recent months, several of which were icons in their respective areas and thanks to museum friends, saved from the scrapyard. The first was an Orlando area mainstay: A two-story tall chicken.  The story of how it came into our hands is serendipitous . . . It was at the ISA Sign Expo show in April in Orlando that we found out about the Olde Dixie Fried Chicken sign, an Orlando area...

East End, Crown Deli and Other Recent Restorations

21 August
With acquisitions often comes restoration.  Here are some updates on some of our signs in varying state of repair. Although we acquired the iconic East End Café sign last year, it wasn’t until just recently that we had the resources to restore the sign to its original glory.  As anyone knows who has visited the museum, we don’t generally re-paint signs, but this one was an exception.  And not only did  we re-paint it, but we completely restored it beginning...

The Sign Man of Essex County

21 August
Matthew close up
The Sign Man of Essex County (by Tod Swormstedt, reprinted from Signs of the Times, August, 2016 issue) Matthew Beneduce McGrath was a well-known name in his town of Verona, NJ and in the surrounding Essex County.  He was one of the town’s “characters,” an outgoing, always engaging kind of guy, not so great on meeting deadlines, but what a master at his craft.  He was the sign man—the one who did all the exquisitely carved and gilded signs for...

R. H. Tugs Restaurant and Bar Sign Arrives

19 March
The R.H. Tugs Restaurant and Bar sign had originally been located along the Kill Van Kull waterway on Staten Island.  The restaurant closed in April of 2012.  We were alerted to the possible availability of the sign by Frank Inzerillo, a signpainter/pinstriper on the island.  Inzerillo told us that Frank Torrone and Sons Signs would be taking the sign down, so we called them to ask them to save the sign for us.  They were more than glad to do...