Cinema Alcazar, Via di San Francesco a Ripa, Trastevere, Rome
Movies and mopeds - forget the Colosseum or St Peters, this is the quintessential Roman urban streetscape. The cinema is still there, but this sign around the back appears to be gone now.
Canadian Club, Distillery District, Toronto
In honour of Canada’s emphatic Olympic hockey victory earlier today, here’s a little celebration of the Great White North’s fine taste in really big typography. Though Toronto’s favourite club is obviously the Maple Leafs…
Castro Theatre, Castro Street, San Francisco
This was taken back in November 2008. Tony Curtis was about to appear at a Spartacus screening that night, part of a celebration of his career in the famous Castro Theatre. A few days earlier, Barack Obama was elected the first black president of the US, and Proposition 8 had passed in California, banning same-sex marriage. San Francisco, and the Castro in particular, was simultaneously delirious and depressed at the two outcomes. “The ban will be repealed, it’s inevitable,” I said to a downbeat friend the night of the election, before following it up with a quote that was on everyone’s lips. “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” It’s always worth believing that.
Gorki Farfan, Peru
Good example of election campaign signage in Peru - the party logos are like little app icons, easily recognisable symbols in a country with high illiteracy. A quick Google search suggest this guy, Roberto Farfan of the Acción Popular, has recently been found guilty of corruption.
Bombay Mutual Building, Sir Pherozeshah Mehta Road, Mumbai
Just back from a month travelling around India, and this was practically the first sign I saw there - beautiful sun-dappled metal signage over the door of a bank in central Mumbai.
Olympia, Dame Street, Dublin
The finest canopy in Dublin is once again adding colour and class to Dame Street, having spent quite some time getting repaired after a truck backed into it a few years ago. Just noticed that it looks a bit like Wall-E is looking down from the metal joists in the centre of the photo.
Bolands Flour Mills, Pearse Street, Dublin
One of the great abandoned buildings of Dublin, exhausted and decrepit as it overlooks the Grand Canal Dock. Particularly like the white drop shadow on the lettering.