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June to July 2021 Trip. Since I hit so much bad weather during the 2020 trip, the dogs and I are heading back to Florida, Georgia, and Alabama for five weeks to get all of the stuff that I had to skip. If you care to follow along "live", I'll be posting a handful of photos every night during the trip at Instagram.

January to June 2021. I've got my maps and lists ready for June's Trip. I've been working on my annual winter project: checking for dead external links and clicking on all the maps in the descriptions throughout my website to see what's changed and updating the text (indicating things that are gone, remodeled, repainted, restored). As I discover the "news", I've been posting to my blog. I have just one section left, but it's massive (over 300 pages): Mid-Century Modern Architecture. That one will have to wait until I get back from the June/July roadtrip.

2020 and 2021: Interviews. Suddenly, I'm a mini celebrity, I guess. Backroadtripster at Instagram Live reached out to me for an interview. Then, Mondo Neon and Stress Less Camping had me on for podcasts.

September & October 2020: Neon Speaks Festival & Symposium (San Francisco, CA). I was one of the speakers at these mind-blowing events in 2018, 2019, and 2020. In 2020, the event took place over two weekends. It was on-line due to COVID-19. It will on-line again in 2021 and you don't want to miss out! Keep an eye out at this website for details.

August to September 2020 Trip. The dogs and I took a five-week trip to Florida. COVID-19 be damned! I had grand plans to cover all of Florida and a good amount of Alabama and Georgia. However, I hit a lot of rain which limited shooting. Nevertheless, we covered just under 15,000 miles. I posted about a dozen photos to Instagram every day from the road. When I got home, I posted a sampling of photos to Flickr and my blog as I added thousands of photos and descriptions to my website.

2020 Staying At Home. Since I was pretty much stuck in my apartment during this COVID-19 crisis, I took on another huge project that I hadn't tackled for a few years. I went through my personal lists for each state and added new links throughout my website. I skipped Florida, Georgia, and parts of Oklahoma and Texas since I hoped to be adding those things to my site this summer. Since I got rained out of half of Florida and Georgia, I'll be adding links for those things soon. I added thousands of links to blue boxes at my webpages. Signs, mid-century buildings, gas stations, you name it! So, you might want to use that search box (upper left) to look for your favorite cities, categories, etc. to find things that you might want to add to your own personal "to see" list.

2019 Summer Trip. In June, I traveled with the dogs to the South and took more than 4,000 photos for my website. I covered Louisiana, Mississippi, Memphis, Arkansas, and some Oklahoma. I posted to Instagram every day during the trip. All of the photos are up at the website. I also uploaded about a dozen photos to Flickr and some other photos to my blog (links in the yellow bar above) for each day of shooting.

Vintage Signs Book. I wrote a book in 2018 about vintage signs entitled "Vintage Signs of America". It's a paperback and just under 100 pages. There are about 175 photos, each showing a different sign with histories about each one. It is available online (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.), at some bookstores, and at the big three sign museums (American Sign Museum, Museum of Neon Art, and The Neon Museum). I think the best price is through the publisher. It's going for about $20 with no shipping or tax. Well worth it!

SCA Journal Articles. I have been writing the articles about signs for the Society for Commercial Archeology continuously since 2007. You can order back issues and digital downloads of the Journal and Road Notes at the SCA website. I also have companion pages with other examples of the sign themes/types at my website for most of the Journal articles. Here are a few of the most recent ones:

  • July 2021: Welcome Signs
  • December 2020: Flame Signs
  • July 2020: Reddy Kilowatt & Willie Wiredhand Signs
  • December 2019: Scaffold Signs
  • July 2019: Diving Women Signs
  • December 2018: Working Men Signs
  • July 2018: Norge Village Signs
  • December 2017: Happy Bear Signs
  • July 2017: Car Signs
  • full list of SCA companion pages: here

    Many of you have asked me about the locations of various places or suggested that I add addresses. Instead of listing addresses, I've added what I hope is even better for all of us. These "[map]" hyperlinks at the end of descriptions link to Google Street View maps of the building, sign, or statue being described. Maybe you're like me and enjoy traveling virtually on-line and seeing these places in the context of nearby buildings or scrolling around the place in different directions or even in satellite view.

    Since a good percentage of the Google cars have taken photos within the past year or two, these maps make it easy for me (and you) to verify if something is still there or if it's been altered. If the map doesn't jive with the photo, please let me know that something has happened to the place or thing. These maps can also help you put together your own lists and maps of places to see and shoot. Quick tip: if you copy the longitude and latitude (e.g., 43.0810917,-76.1167953) from any of those map links in the browser, you can quickly build your own maps at Google's My Maps or add them to your lists.


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    Tips & Updates. If you have suggestions about places that I haven't covered, historical info, or updates about places/things that have been remodeled or removed, I'd love to hear from you: