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Neon sign for Ida's restaurant

Another one bites the dust

I’m about to declare a New England neon emergency. Last week I wrote about two endangered Massachusetts neon signs — the Hilltop Steak House in Saugus and Lord’s department store in Medfield.  Now another restaurant is closing and its neon sign is in danger of going dark forever. Local media outlets have reported that Ida’s, an […]

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Closeup of neon cactus

Don’t forget the cactus

After yesterday’s post about the Hilltop Steak House, I heard from the daughter of the man who designed the restaurant’s iconic neon sign.  Here’s what I learned about him. His name was Charles S. Magliozzi.  Born in Everett, he created his first sign at age 16 and went on to found Mack Advertising Inc.  His […]

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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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Photo of Shell gasoline sign

Five great things about SoWa Open Market

As I have written previously in this blog, art fairs are hard but I keep going back. Sunday was my first day back at the SoWa Open Market for the 2013 season, and — with the exception of a few raindrops — things were off to an auspicious start.  Here are the five best things […]

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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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