Welcome to Save Old Signs (SOS)—your resource center for information and news about restoring and preserving signs across North America.

This project furthers the museum’s mission “to celebrate the rich history of American signage through preservation and education” by:

  • tracking sign restoration and preservation projects
  • reporting on legal cases and legislative issues that involve vintage signs
  • listing endangered signs and the grassroots movements to save them
  • sharing sign preservation stories of general interest
  • providing resources for your sign preservation project

Our goal is to bring together the sign preservation community and provide an opportunity to share information and resources for the good of all. We look forward to hearing from you.


Foundation for the Advancement of the Sign Industry

The Foundation for the Advancement of the Sign Industry (FASI) was founded in 2016 by Wade Swormstedt, former editor of Signs of the Times, to support the on-premise sign industry and serve as a liaison for united efforts by other industry-related organizations and publications. Upon Mr. Wade Swormstedt’s retirement in December 2018, Bill Dundas succeeded Mr. Wade Swormstedt as Executive Director. Mr. Dundas has an extensive sign-industry background, in addition to serving as the former Technical Editor of Signs of the Times magazine and, more recently, as Director of Technical & Regulatory Affairs for the International Sign Association (ISA). The FASI website www.signreference.org provides the latest industry-related news and maintains an online archive of relevant, out-of-print publications. FASI also supports the efforts of academic institutions and other groups conducting sign-related research. Additionally, the Foundation has developed a scholarship program to support students pursuing research in disciplines related to signage. Most importantly, FASI provides educational resources, technical knowledge and advocacy support for sign professionals.