History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

18 July, 2014

Everywhere a Sign

Photographic evidence of the long history of being told to do this and don't do that....

George Eastman House

Take a Kodak with you! Autochrome, ca. 1917. Source

State Library of New South Wales

Keep your feet off the walls. Australia, 1947. Source

National Library of Scotland

Two WWI soldiers at a village sign, coming with the quietly devastating caption, "Owing to modern artillery, captured villages have to be marked with a sign board." Source

An ambrotype of man painting a sign, ca. 1858. Even if it wasn't noted, this photo is almost guaranteed to be am ambrotype instead of a daguerreotype or tintype, which can look similar, especially in their digitized forms--daguerreotypes and tintypes reverse images right-left, so the writing would be backwards. Source

Oregon State University

A sign for farm labor, Oregon, 1944. Source

State Library and Archives Florida

Ducks not swimming beyond the point, Florida, 1949. Source

Stockholm Transit Museum

A man painting transit signs, Stockholm, 1943. Source

Powerhouse Museum

Billboards, Sydney, Australia, 1923. Source

National Library of Scotland

A soldier regards a sign describing the offerings of a canteen on the Western Front, WWI. Source

Stockholm Transport Museum

Men putting up a sign for a new subway station, Stockholm, 1961. Source

Library of Congress

Signs outside a grocery store in Lincoln, Nebraska, 1942. Source

State Library of Queensland

Sign for a military police checkpoint in Queensland, 1943. Source

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museum

Shipyard workers with a sign welcoming the King and Queen, Tyne and Wear, UK, 1943. Source

Women making fun of a sign about bathing suits, Miami, 1934. Source

National Library of Scotland

Two soliders look at a sign advertising an entertainment group visiting the trenches, WWI. Source

New York Public Library

A sign for signs, New York, 1935. Source

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