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Photo showing neon sign for Lowell Sun and taxi sign in foreground

Breakfast all day

When I decided to expand my neon project across Massachusetts I knew I needed backup. So I recruited an old friend to team up with me on the road. (She’s Internet-shy, so I’ll just leave her name to your imagination.) She was a combination researcher, sounding board, motivator, sparkling conversationalist, and – yes – driver […]

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Sign of Steinway neon sign

Landmarks of light

It started pretty casually, probably when I made a refrigerator magnet from one of my photos of Kenmore Square’s Citgo sign. But something clicked, and I’ve been taking photos of Boston-area vintage commercial signs for the past few years. Now I’m pleased to say that 18 of my images are currently hanging at Athan’s Cafe […]

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What will happen to the cows?

I spent the holiday weekend making a pilgrimage, of sorts, to a pair of endangered neon signs: Hilltop Steak House in Saugus and Lord’s in Medfield. I have fond memories of stopping at the Hilltop on the way home from weekends in Maine with a once-close friend. The attraction was not the food — I don’t […]

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Bottled Liquors sign

Bottled liquors and blinking arrows

It’s a Massachusetts thing. Liquor stores — especially older ones — advertise their wares as “bottled liquors.” The designation seems to be a step up from package stores (or “packies”), another local name. But both terms seem intended to distinguish these establishments from bars, where people actually drink their libations on the spot. Linguistic lesson […]

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Stylized photo of the Circle Cinemas sign

Saving the Circle

So it doesn’t have the art deco glamour of the Coolidge Corner Theater and its latter years as a multiplex were a little forlorn. But the Circle Cinemas, which overlooked Boston’s Cleveland Circle neighborhood since 1940, will soon fall to the wrecking ball, and a little piece of Boston’s entertainment history will be lost. It […]

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Photo of Coolidge Corner Theater

Counting down to summer

With my first gig at SoWa Open Market just over a week away, and the Coolidge Corner Arts Festival a few weeks later, it’s time to start checking items off the to-do list. I’ve been spending a lot of time (not to mention money) at Target, Staples, Home Depot, and various online sources to get […]

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Photo of sign showing submarine sandwich shop

A photographic journey

I went to an antique camera show the other day, and the room full of film cameras and lenses got me thinking about my own photographic journey.  Now I watch enough reality television to know that everything is a journey these days.  But I’m not talking about the journey from obscurity to 15 minutes of […]

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Red Nickel photo display at Newton Open Studios

Lost and found: Newton Open Studios 2013

I usually devote the day after an art fair to three things: Recuperation, reorganization, and reflection. Recuperation because these shows are exhausting, physically and mentally.  Reorganization because there are things to do — unload the car, put away the magnet-making supplies, find a home for stray pieces of bubble wrap, update my mailing list. Reflection? […]

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Welcome to Las Vegas sign

City of lights

It’s been a few days since I came back from a photo-centric trip to Las Vegas in search of vintage neon. First on the to-do list: Photograph the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Designed by Betty Whitehead Willis, the sign has greeted visitors since 1959 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places […]

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Selected Pinterest boards for Susan Bregman

Pinning away

By now you’ve likely heard of Pinterest the latest social networking tool to captivate users. If not, here’s a quick overview. Pinterest is an an online bulletin board that allows people to assemble, organize, and share images.  Unlike other social sharing sites, like Facebook or Twitter, Pinterest is based on visual content. Launched three years […]

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