I've been doing a lot of traveling lately, which although often tiring, offers an excellent opportunity to take in some local scenery of the midwest. While en route back to Missouri a few weeks ago, I decided that I owed it to myself to make a stop in Pontiac, Ill. The postcard-esque signs from the freeway boasted a historic downtown area, and I had time to kill.
I slowly rolled into town, making sure to scope out any signs of strong photo opportunities. As you can clearly see, Pontiac is home to a few original pieces of midcentury signage.
My favorite example was Sam's Sewing & Cleaning. Although the sign wasn't anything spectacular, the ceramic tile facade of the building itself stopped me in my tracks. A hastily-scrawled sign in the window reported that they had moved locations, so the future of this unique building is unknown.
|Sam's Sewing & Cleaning|
|Notice the elaborate tiles. Some may argue to restore the building, but I'm really a big fan of the patina.|
|J.E. Brady, Neon.|
|Similar to the last, this time a more sports-oriented motif.|
|No gas here.|