A Moment In Time: Bruno’s Sign

vintagetypeFew things in life inspire me more than vintage type and design. I’m guessing I’m not alone here, so as I stumble upon these treasures, I’m posting them in my new column, A Moment In Time, for a dose of inspiration.

I just love that this sign has stood the test of time, and someone finds it beautiful enough to keep and maintain it. It looks like the bubbles might light up too, so I’d love to see it at night!

4 thoughts on “A Moment In Time: Bruno’s Sign

  1. First of all…love the blog! This one got me thinking of vintage photos. I love old photos from anywhere, but since moving to Geneva and falling in love with this town, I can’t get enough of learning about life here long before me.

    I made an appointment with the Geneva History Center’s archivist to browse through pics of past parades and festivals, pictures with lots of people and lots going on.

    The best part was getting to walk vicariously through the history of our city, but I also scored some great photos to bring home to frame and decorate my home.

    Each time I look at them I see something new. I wonder where the people in them are now. Are they still alive? How old would they be? What were their lives like? Isn’t it hot in that long, layered dress?

    I thought about all this looking at this sign and wondered, “how cool did everyone think this sign was when it was new?” What did the people who came here wear? Who has this sign seen come and go over the years?

    What a fun way to escape and fantasize about a time long gone!

    • Yes! I could not agree more with everything you stated. Not only are these relics inspiring (I think craftsmanship and the thought behind things were often times much more intentional in times past), but also take you back to another moment in time. It does make you think about the people that were there and where are they now. Do they still consider this spot home? Do they ever reminisce about the moment they spent there that we’re able to imagine in our heads?

      I think it’s amazing that you took the time to dig deeper into the history of your town. I’m jealous! What a great opportunity. I’d love to see those photos sometime. Did you leave them black and white? How did you mix them in with your existing decor?

      Now you’ve inspired me! It would be fun to write short stories about these moments in time that we stumble upon and what happened there before us.

  2. You’re brilliant! I love the idea of creating a story around the pictures. The story could be different every time you tell it. My idea reservoirs are bubbling!

    As for the prints from the Geneva History Center, we decided to print them in black and white, but that was after much debate and some experimentation with contrast and several versions of photo effects.

    Since we had the photos on a flash drive we could edit them to fix the imperfections of aging when the originals were scanned. We darkened them a bit to build contract since some of them had faded.

    I always knew I wanted to do a boxed collage of sorts on one of our walls so we enlarged the photos and got some great basic back frames from Michael’s. We liked the wall so much we did another small wall the same way.

    You’ll have to see them. I forgot to mention that we also got prints of some city maps. One is from 1860. Oh how the city landscape has changed.

    If you go to the Center and get prints, one tip is to know the dimensions of your intended frames first so when they are scanned they are sure to enlarge to the size you want without getting pixelated or otherwise distorted.

    I look at them everyday and feel like we have real original works of art in our home.

    • This is really such a creative idea! I love what you’ve done incorporating your town’s history into your home. The perfect mixture of past and present.

      Maps are one of my favorite things, so I’m dying to see how you incorporated those elements!This really is so creative.

      You could also incorporate things from past places you’ve lived too so that it becomes a bit of an archive of your lives as a family and also an archive of the lives of your towns.

      Thank you for sharing this, Del. It’s really inspiring!

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