Signs of the Times
Signs, signs, everywhere a signs ... In the beginning, American roadside advertising was generally local with area merchants painting their own signs and gluing posts on walls and fences to notify those traveling by of a product or service up ahead. By 1850 advertising first began to be see on street railways and the earliest billboards sprang up in 1867. Outdoor advertising typically has witty slogans, distinctive visuals, and bright colors to draw the eye of the traveler and leave them thinking about the advertisement after they have driven past it. Popular on businesses is the neon sign, which was first demonstrated in a modern form in December, 1910. Used worldwide, they are extremely popular in the United States, especially from about 1920–1960. Gallery displays, old signs, new signs, signs that don't exist anymore, ones that are colorful, fading, bright, tattered, and everthing in between.