If You’ll Be My Olde Dixie Fried Chicken…

22 August
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We dare the boomers among you to read this post without humming the Little Feat classic. We recently acquired the top portion (and most fun part) of the Old Dixie Fried Chicken sign, formerly of Pine Castle, FL.  The restaurant was well known for its fried chicken since 1962, but closed its original location May 31.  We had become aware of the threatened sign while we were exhibiting at this year’s ISA Sign Expo in Orlando, FL. Two attendees at...

East End, Crown Deli and Other Recent Restorations

21 August
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illuminated
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
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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 numerous...

R. H. Tugs Restaurant and Bar Sign Arrives

19 March
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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...

Xavier University Educators Honored with Extra Mile Awards

19 March
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Two educators from Xavier University here in Cincinnati are the newest recipients of the American Sign Museum’s Extra Mile Service Award.  Sean Rhiney, JD, Director, The Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning, and Teresa Young, Ed.D, Associate Professor and Chair of Childhood Education and Literacy College of Social Sciences, Health and Education, were honored for their significant contributions to the museum’s Education Program. Sean’s commitment to community partnership helped create an innovative educational program that will bring dozens of school groups...