On the Road with Tod – Fall 2014

24 November
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written by American Sign Museum Founder Tod Swormstedt The museum has made a number of acquisitions since the last newsletter, mostly courtesy of two shows.  We recently went to the Hershey car show for the first time, and while we didn’t find any car-related signs, we were able to find a late 1960s Plasti-line vacuum-formed sign. We also found these wonderful examples of hand-lettered—make that, hand-scrawled—signs in a vendor booth at the show.  Very nice.  One for the portfolios, I’m...

“The Sky’s the Limit If You Have a Roof Over Your Head.”

24 September
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Roof Repair Begins
Pardon the pun, but we’ve received a sign.  No, not that kind of sign.  While we were busy planning the build-out of the museum annex, the annex roof was busy decaying.  Recent torrential downpours have brought the roof to a critical point, and we need to act now to secure it.  Estimated cost:  $325,000. This is a good thing.  It’s easy to get complacent and focus on the status quo.  But the vision is not yet complete, and this was just the thing...

Coming in October: The Annual National Signage Research and Education Conference, Focusing This Year on Regulatory Issues

1 September
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National Signage Research and Education Conference
The Signage Foundation, in partnership with the University of Cincinnati, will be presenting this year’s National Signage Research and Education Conference (NSREC) on October 8-9, 2014.  Based on their STAR initiative (see below), this year’s focus will be on Regulation issues in the sign industry.  The American Sign Museum will host the afternoon sessions and a reception on October 8th. From The Signage Foundation’s website:  NSREC, sponsored by The Signage Foundation, Inc., (SFI) and the University of Cincinnati (UC) Colleges of Business...

The Writing on the Wall

1 August
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finished mural 2
Long ago, in a town called Denver, seven sign painters gathered to share their knowledge of their craft.  Exchanging well-kept trade secrets was indeed a new concept, and they welcomed this new-found opportunity to share ideas with people of like mind and the fellowship it brought.  It was a dark time though, with no internet or social media or even email.  Still, word of their goings-on spread across the land with the help of people like American Sign Museum founder...

Bruce ‘Wild Man’ Suba – Master of Glass, Heart of Gold

28 July
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Bruce and Crackle Tubes
by Museum Founder, Tod Swormstedt Bruce Suba, Suba Neon of Scotts Valley, CA has been a good friend of the museum from the very beginning.  In fact his connection to founder Tod Swormstedt dates back to a 1984 cover story in Signs of the Times which featured Suba’s neon spark plug wires on a 1932 Ford hot rod. Bruce’s first experience with glass was in 1979 doing stained glass, and his day job may be scientific glassblowing, but he’s equally...