North Country humor. Contributed by Pete and Shelley.
Good luck getting a response beyond this point
Almost like the Jumble puzzles
This sign could work anywhere
Male boxes in the Adirondacks
Just “Seeing” would cover it.
The opposite of “Climb Every Mountain”
If this company takes as much care hanging gutters as they do with their signage I might consider hiring them.
Am I agreeing to being videotaped or filmed?
Addressed to he who makes it snow.
Where do you go to see the full list?
I think I can.
“At the Last Trump” or “At Last The Trump”
Prayer time on the thrown
When everything is white but this sign
This is exactly what I would expect a Massage Therapist Social sign to look like
Hard to disobey
A lot of important stuff to say so all caps, big point size, a little bit of compression
Hope you can read our English sign
How do you suppose those tires crossed one another?
No stinky foot oder please
Wait a minute!
Just imagine how stinky that garbage can is
Looks like any other table but it smokes
It is impossible to be both 18 and over
I like how the hand-cut stencil look fell apart
Pluralizing just one of these first two words would have done the trick
It would be a pleasure to meet the Mountain Man
The tiny giraffe makes this sign look huge
It’s true. No two snowflakes look alike.
Racist head scratcher
I brake for I brake for lumberjack miniature golf
Some stickler felt the need to add the dollar sign to this beauty
his fellow has already lost a hand so please watch out for him
The judicious use of underscore and the circle drive this message home
Aww. I loved that place
Black Power Washing
My dog would never do that
Could get pretty messy
You meet Thy God. I’ll meet my god.
Four comandss in one sign is kind of pushing it
And do it with pizazz!
That makes this damn game a lot easier
It seems silly to quibble over the use of the word “accept” in this sign
Trespassing used to be kid’s stuff.
Julips? I had to look this up. I could not find an entry for “julips.”
The cruelest month
You know, like you have a load in your pants
Everything is limited in Mini City
Warning sign in the animal kingdom
Sidewalk crossing in the key of C. Black keys only.
A perfectly camouflaged sign!
I love the religious overtones in the levitating “T” and the way the tight kearning on the numbers leaves plenty of room for the imaginary dash.
They pulled out all the stops with this updated version of their logo anchoring double “M” footings with a concrete block.
This is a sophisticated place
It’s a Zen thing
Mitt Romney and his dog, the one he put on the top of the car.
This sign maker toyed with the concept of encouragement but it seems to have backfired on him
One at a time
New York’s Luddite section.
Cute looking restroom
I can see there being a real demand for a florist in the middle of the night
Where all at the dirty thing are
Note the special Friday hours
Like my grandfather used to say, “Everything is always on sale or you wouldn’t be able to buy it.” Most gas stations are owned by big oil conglomerates but this no name station is having a sale on gas and their sign caught my eye.
I was imagining a five dollar brush cut as I was taking this photo but the owner came out and demanded that I delete the photo. Apparently licensed barbers in New York State have a minimum price they cannot undercut.
This sidewalk sign dances with excitement. Barbara Kruger, eat your heart out.
Deep Core Aeration! Love the stencil letters, healthy kerning, yellow sun, blue sky and deep green lawn.
Which is it?
At first it reads like a noun but then the command form of the verb kicks in.
Closed circuit television! Video tape! What is this, 1984?
Exhuberant lettering. No up-sell. Just wash.
I could handle a little more
American health care system
What I like most about this sign is the way it is constructed with one pole on each side of the sign
Coincidentally PopWars and Dunkin Doughnuts share the same pink and orange colors. The “m” above is on their men’s room door and the same letter, turned upside down and painted pink, is on the women’s room door.
Love the tree
Never seen “for sale” done this way
The phone number is easier to read when you’re driving
What this sign really means is “Don’t even think about stepping foot on our property. We’re armed to the teeth.”
I find I am less likely to obey a sign when they use the word “please.”
Who needs prepositions?
How about law students? This doesn’t seem constitutional.
When I think of mattresses I usually think big and cushy but this sign is so slight. And it’s mounted on wheels!
The seldom used plural of men
We have roses too but we don’t have a sign like this
One arrow just wouldn’t have done the job
I love the way the rust is creeping onto these old metal letters at Case’s Garden Store
Small time money laundry
If you don’t, just walk on by
Interesting sense of space in this sign. And unusual to see the English spelling of “Honor” and the possessive of Hero.
You gotta wonder how much trash a cemetery generates
Spotless because the door is locked.
A tough word to spell but a good price
I usually associate Lent with sacrifice and giving things up.
I love this modern spelling of highway but it looks like the kerning tables have gone awry
I love the way you pronounce “soon”
The shape of this sign is the long view of your gutter. The spikes illustrate debris being ejected.
Guns, God and Gaiety
This is soft shell crab typography if I have ever seen it
We carry two products. Dog food and ammo
This is a great price for designer handbags and I love the 3D action on that number one
Yes, I would like to have my lawn rolled.
This brown and white sign looks fantastic in the snow. And I love the tubular, rounded corner, framework.
Roofing is elitist. Roof”n is not.
My family was tuned in to Family Radio on that day and we are extremely disappointed
Appropriately designed in the visual language of slam dancers.
Stuff the big box stores won’t carry
A good sign uses as few words as possible
I love it when people use plumbing gear to make a sign. I like the flush left, initial cap arrangement and the way the sign is hung off center. I like how the “r” in word “for” teeters on the stem of the “l” in “sale.” Most of all I love the way the lettering sits on the bottom edge of the sign.
No hype, no branding, just the gosh honest truth.
Look out below
My uncle worked for Topper, a long time ago. This sign is still working.
Let’s face it. After a many centuries the Catholic Church is looking a little shabby.
Bingo! Looks just like it sounds.
Look out below
Most signs are tediously literal
The kid looks pretty quick
No, not that NYC. This elegant sign is for Rochester’s Newport Yacht Club
I don’t get a good feeling from this Party House sign
This town would be a lot more interesting if all the residents made their own street signs
Out of sight, out of mind
I love the royal shape of this sign. Long live the King!
This is why the penny is still in circulation
Draconian new health care remedy
Imagine that. One of the Great Lakes is open.
Looks like a ransom note
A scaled down version of Noah’s Ark
I love you so much I’m going to deface this beautiful tree
The abbreviations make this sign especially intriguing
The dog probably ran away. Look at that outfit!
Vern did the lettering himself
OK, I will not inventory. I was just shopping for ceiling tiles.
The balloons get your attention but there is a lot left to the imagination with this little sign
This sign looks like a car license plate
For small projects
I could see spending some time in a place like this.
967-ROLL. This could be my favorite sign, ever.
I can’t remember the last time I saw kids playing on a teeter totter but I will keep my eye out for them
You could put this sign almost anywhere and get away with it
Some strange looking children
Just how big is that baby?
This house number borders on vandalism
I could see leaving here with a beehive.
I feel as though I am flying through space as I read this sign. Maybe it’s the stars.
They misplaced the decimal point AND put the one up backward
Nature can be cruel
If this little guy serves me I’m in
I guess they didn’t have a stencil for the arrows
A simple number on the house was not enough for the Ellsworths but they probably don’t need the apostrophe.
Yes, I would love some eggs
A seriously playful letterpress sign
This little sign is almost as nasty as the infraction
Rorschach dog poster
Looks like the workers took a drug break
A red dot from Office Depot turned this deer into Rudolph
A particularly grizzly attraction
A wide wheel base helps navigate these curves
For that last ride
A different troop member is responsible for each entry on this sign
I can almost hear the pins drop
And plug your ears
Two neighbors fought a long court battle over who owned the area below the orange, spray-painted line. The neighbor above the line lost.
Did they have to justify the type on this sign? We wanted to go to Auburn and almost turned right.
Pick a number and claim it as your company name
We usually look for free parking but I might give this guy a five just because his sign is so nice
I love the periscope sign in front of Ceaser’s Sub Shop
Hand painted by the owner
Posted with religious overtones
With some judicious kerning they squeezed the name of the town on
This wide orientation leaves plenty of space for “Irondequoit” and enough room to experiment with word spacing
Nino’s Pizza is so good it is a wonder they offer anything other than pizza
The Newport Yacht Club on Irondequoit Bay has a sensational flair for graphic design
Lightning and sailing, an unlikely combination for the Newport Yacht Club motif
The lettering and arrows on this sign in Geneva New York were both done with electrical tape
A match made in heaven
You need 3D glasses to really appreciate this sign
The Sunoco logo is gone but the brand still reads
There used to be no fishing in this lake
This sandwich sign has so much character it could probably walk on its own
Looks like some quality stuff
I might let them paint my house just so I can look at their sign all day
I love how the ice cream cone fits the roof line.
I would follow that arrow anywhere
I like the graphic connection between Native American and craft
The great Philip Guston painted this sign
You usually see these posted signs out in the country but this guy posted his city house
I’ll bet Ralph lives in the back
This used to be so and so’s farm but now it’s just a farm. Love the unicase.
I love it when the lettering fits the wording so well
What’s for lunch? How about donuts?
This must be Elmwood Avenue.
I like the mental image of “Happy Hair” and this lettering suits that perfectly
They pulled out alll the stops with this signage. The organic shape of the sign and the five globes make this whole structure look like a royal crown.
The typography and message are in perfect alignment
The Norton Street neighborhood is changing.
We are so lucky that this sign is still standing – a masterpiece!
I love the lettering at Pudgies. At night this place looks like a movie set.
Why is “turkey” possessive?
A two syllable word. Sh-aw.
At most barber shops you get less hair but here you get mo. I’m sort of afraid of that dog though.
Strangely inviting and foreboding at the same to time
Looks like they ran out of room for the final “S.”
But they did get it right on the other side of the building
I love how they used almost all the space inside the big arrow but didn’t manage to line up the arrow with the door
The Devil’s lettering
Is “Per Vehicle” really necessary?
The Radio Shack in Olean has a logo I haven’t seen in a while. It makes me think of the words “radio” and “shack”.
The temptation is to read left to right
This name says it all
Giving Rochester’s Earring Records a run for their money
Kim’s Carnival Creams rules the corner of Atlantic and Culver
Hand painted right on the building, a lost art
Fantastic use of space. Out of this world pricing.
I always trust the Big Dot
After forty years they still have that sophomore sense of humor
I know the neighbors with the funky driveway had a party over the weekend but their sign looks a little eerie on a Monday afternoon
The posture on this guy puts my yoga teacher to shame
If they can sing and play as good as they paint a sign I’m in
Nothing cute about a septic truck
An odd brand name
Never seen Deli spelled this way
How many generations of copies is this?
You can keep your guns for a small donation to our policeman’s fund
And be prepared to wiggle when you enter
Sorry, only one to a customer
Warning: Cigars, plaid shorts, spiky two-toned shoes.
None of that kid stuff
Buzz me baby
This is what rehabilitation looks like
A happy chicken participating in his own demise seems doubly cruel
We would give them away if the state would let us