Friday, July 24, 2009


Now this is great art work
Real cheap too

Give me a beer

This sign directed Ciejay and I to a most enjoyable day

I once rode in this winer truck when I was 18 years old almost 50,years ago

I did a double take the first time I saw this one

There ain't no free lunch ha ha
This sign sends cold chills up my spin everyting I see it

Does anyone out there remember Clove Salve? I sold it as a boy
When I was growing up in my teen years, I worked part-time for a friend of the family ,that had a sign painting and advertising, business, not like today when almost all the signs are made on a computor and then transfered to whatever for a sign.Almost all the signs he made were either cut out of wood and nailed to a sheet of ply wood ,or a wide plank and mounted between two post and painted ,are they were hand painted ,on the sides of cars and trucks ,and also painted on billboards ,sides of buildings and sometimes even on a farm barn in the country , therefore I have always been fascinated with the art and words and of course the talent it took to transfer ones thoughts and ideas to a sign for all to see and read. Signs are everywhere you look.I saw some of my favorite signs as a child growing up with a truck driving Dad and getting to go along on a lot of trips with him in the truck during the summers . By the time I was fourteen years old I had spent a day or two ,or at least drove thru at least half of the states in the good ole USA. My geography teacher in school, said I knew more about US geography than she did .I said all that to say, that one of the things I loved most about traveling all over the country ,growing up, and still love today, was and is, to see all the signs that folks put up and post to advertise their place of business or signs that give directions , or informational signs . My all time favorites were the Burma Shave ones. Did you ever see a Burma Shave sign??
Here in Thailand signs are everywhere ,in all shapes and sizes (some of the largest billboards ) and everything that you can imagine is advertised on billboards and signs posted along the sides of the roads, and like everywhere else in the world,on cars,trucks,buildings,and yes even a few barns too.
I was surprised in talking with folks about signs and poster ,that a great number of folks collect signs and advertising posters for the great art work and the novelity of some of the sayings , myself ,I love the art work, and , I am always surprised where you find a real good sign. If you have run across any real unusual ones maybe you could share them with the rest of us. I hope the next time you see a real good sign that you will look it at as just not words , but, take a look at the style and the art and talent ,that goes into making it jump out and grab you attention.


Camille said...

Hi Malcolm,

Know a few people who are obsessed with collecting signs, there are some good ones thee.

On this Facebook group TIT or This is Thailand there are plenty of funny Thai signs.

Anonymous said...

Have you ever heard of Bernard Trink who used to write for the Bangkok Post?

Malcolm and CieJay Burgess said...

Memock, I have never heard of Benard Trink, does he collect signs or paint them , what should I or could I know about him ? thanks for stopping by Malcolm

Tipper said...

Neat signs Malcolm. I like your thoughts on signs too. They sure aren't made like they were back in the day.