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On a roll

I’m not a very good bowler. I roll  way more gutter balls than strikes. But, luckily, you don’t have to be a talented bowler to appreciate bowling alley signs. California seems to have the best ones — the just-closed Covina Bowl is a Googie classic — but the Northeast has some contenders.   First, a […]

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Photo of Hilltop Steak House sign

A few of my favorite signs

People sometimes ask me about my favorite sign, neon or otherwise. It’s hard to pick just one, but here are a few of my favorites. Twin Donuts   Boston’s Allston-Brighton neighborhood has lost some amazing signs over the years: a giant Coca-Cola sign, a neon Dunkin’ Donuts sign, and the Circle Cinema. Twin Donuts is […]

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Photo of Hilltop Steak House

Hilltop cactus will stay on Route 1

The cows may have scattered but the cactus will stay. That’s the word from the developer planning to build a mixed-use project on the site of the former Hilltop Steak House in Saugus, Massachusetts. “It really is an important marker for the site,” aid Michael Roberts, who is senior vice president of Boston development for […]

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Photo showing neon lights on a Havana street

Lighting up Havana

Cuban artist Kadir Lopez Nieves is on a mission to restore the neon signs that once lit up the Havana skyline, and he wants your help.  Havana Lights is a Kickstarter campaign from Adolfo V. Nodal to support Kadir’s work to relight his city one sign at a time. Kadir has established a working neon […]

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photo of orange dino

Edge of extinction

I like dinosaurs. A lot. Years ago I went digging for Plateosaurus fossils in Switzerland and, upon my return, I hosted a dino-fest for my enthusiastic but bewildered friends. So imagine my disappointment when I learned that the Route 1 Miniature Golf and Batting Cages in Saugus was sold and the fate of its well-known […]

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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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CIRCLE Cinema sign

Circling around

A few months ago I wrote about the Long Live Circle Cinema project devoted to the now-shuttered Circle Cinemas sitting on the Brighton-Brookline border.  You may remember that the project had two goals: (1) assemble an archive of recollections and memorabilia related to the theater and (2) find a new home for the CIRCLE sign.  […]

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Palm tree and roller coaster plus yoyo ride

Myrtle Beach Mission

I had a few free hours on a business trip to Myrtle Beach last week so I grabbed my camera and set off in search of adventure. My mission?  To bypass the hotel’s suggested destination of Broadway at the Beach — home to Planet Hollywood and the Hard Rock Cafe — and to look for […]

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