Posts tagged ‘signage’

April 23, 2013

It’s a board! It’s a sign! It’s….!

it's a board! it's a sign! it's....!

That’s one way to reuse a boarded-up drive-thru window in your establishment. (Seen at Cranford’s Tea Spot.)

Tea Spot context shot

April 21, 2013


Don't frown! Someone may fall in love with your smile!

Every bench in downtown Cranford has a different happy little inspirational phrase painted on its back. It’s sickeningly cute. I kind of love it.

April 20, 2013

Please stand back 2

Stand back!

Last week, I featured one of NJ Transit’s reminders to not get yourself run over by a train: the yellow line.

But apparently the ever-present yellow line isn’t the only safety technique they use to get people to stand back. There are big red signs at Cranford’s station; I assume they’re intended to light up when there’s a train approaching. Never seen these before! I think they’re kinda neat.

February 16, 2013

Beach closed

Beach closed

Still buried in sand, months after Sandy.

I dunno, it’s just these little things that get to me.

February 14, 2013


(Profanity after the break.)
(Hopefully this works. I’ve never used jump tags before..)

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November 2, 2012

How do we recover?

Stop light at Third Avenue and Kingsley Street, Asbury Park, N

I wasn’t really raised with a volunteering ethos, but this stupid hurricane hit so close to my home, and I’m so lucky that I’m okay… I want to help my fellow New Jerseyans! 😦


I am not personally endorsing anything here.
But here’s what I’ve scoped out so far:


  1. Red Cross doesn’t need clothing donations, and I’m apparently useless without any sort of disaster-relief skill set. But I can register to take a class, so that when the NEXT hurricane hits this area (and there will surely be a next one), I’ll be ready.


  2. Here are some Facebook pages that have been providing up-to-date news on the disaster, what’s happening, where efforts are needed:


  3. Other suggestions how to get involved, physically:


  4. Suggestions how to get involved, monetarily:



Do you know anything else? Leave a comment! I’ve never done anything like this before, and I don’t know the first thing about disaster relief!


October 12, 2012

Speed limit


Sometimes… there’s just a very slow drive through a meadow, and that’s all there is to say about it.

July 2, 2012


Walla walla wallis

The sign for Wallis Stationery in downtown Scotch Plains is, I think, very charming. But— what do I know— what do you think?

June 24, 2012


Walkin' by the barbershop, yessir

Well, this won’t win any photography contests, but I thought the spinning barber’s pole was very quaint. I know they’re common, but I continue to be charmed wherever I see them.

May 17, 2012

Asphalt crossing

Railroad crossing, sans the railroad

While walking through the woods, I followed a dirt path off a main trail, and found myself staring at this railroad crossing sign with no railroad in sight.

No railroad!

Thinking of the old New Jersey West Line, I started snapping photos. Maybe this was a leftover relic of a railway of yore!

As I clicked away, an older gentleman (who’d been sweeping a nearby back porch) called out and asked me what I was doing.

I explained— blah blah, local photoblog, blah blah blah.

Since I had his ear, I asked if he knew the origins of this crossing sign.

“Yeah,” he said, “one of the guys found it somewhere and put it here a few years ago. We’re hoping to rewire it, get the lights working, and actually get a gate going one of these days.”

As he spoke, I read his shirt:

I’d stumbled into the backyard of the local Model Railroad Club! Of COURSE they’d have a railroad crossing sign in their parking lot!

I didn’t really have time to go inside and get a full tour at that moment, but I really have been meaning to check out their offerings for a while (because, as we all know, I am a giant nerd). One of these days…!

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