Signs & Graffiti

Unless otherwise credited, all photographs are © David Ritchie and may not be used without my permission.


 

Open.jpg

 

 

2002

I have always been attracted to quirky signs, words and written graffiti. As the sign reads, the gallery is open. Have a seat and enjoy.


 

CindyLou's.jpg         Cindy Lou’s  2019     Lions Head, Ontario

 

BigBayHomeMade.jpg                     Big Bay, Bruce County  2019

 

OrangeLodge1302.jpgOrange Lodge 2019          Why are the lodges never painted orange?

 

Love1975.jpg        Near Hanover 1975         Love never gives up but someone gave up this dream.

 

LatinQuarter1975.jpg                 Latin Quarter, London 1975     Restaurant on Carling St

 

Art2.jpg       Carling St, London 1975

 

ThickShakes.jpgThick Shakes, 1992        Another Aylmer Fair photo

 

EnterOwnRisk.jpgCemetery   1990  Taken with a Voigtlander camera, the 35mm lens has a 16 blade aperture that is quite circular. A wide-open f2.5 aperture gives a pleasing Bokeh effect to the out-of-focus element.

 

DeadEnd.jpgPort Burwell 1990

 

 

Steens2.jpgSteen’s & Studebakers   Aylmer, ON          circa 1987

 

WayneHigh2.jpgSW Ontario,  1986   Crop tour photo, don’t remember the location.

 

RustyNuts.jpg             2018

 

MelbourneIOOF.jpg                                         2018

 

Fishing.jpgLondon Ontario circa 1973

 

DeerSign.jpgQuebec 1974          Sign used for sighting rifle.

 

Headache.jpgHeadache         Not surprising considering the top of her head!

 

BurtsBurgers.jpg    Port Bruce, Ontario circa 1987

 

AlmrMotel.jpg  Motel, 1985

 

Arcade1.jpg     Aylmer Fair, 1992

 

DanceHall.jpg          Dance Hall  1993

 

BikeShop.jpg                         Quebec, 1975

 

LaundroMat.jpg              Dubois, Wyoming  2002      Folk art clothesline, burro and lady with a broom.

 

PosterTwice005.jpg     London, Ontario  1976

 

Bear.jpg                   London, Ontario circa 1973

 

Believe and Obey.jpg   London, Ontario  circa 1974                “Believe and Obey Signs”

 

FreightYard.jpgCN Freight Yard Loading Dock, London  early ’70s

 

HoundDog007Near Stratford Ontario

 

Carnation.jpg   Aylmer, Ontario         Carnation closed many years ago.

 

MtnviewCemetary.jpg  Cimmaron, New Mexico 2002

 

Tatgirl.jpg  McMinnville, Oregon 2002

 

TesticleFestival.jpg  Dubois, Wyoming 2002          Prairie oysters anyone?

 

Vernors.jpg                              Vernor’s metal sign circa 1975

 

WildLife.jpg                       London Ontario circa 1974

 

FuckWork004.jpg                         London

 

StripShow.jpg        Toronto    1977

 

DevilsTower.jpg                            Wyoming      2002

 

UncleJoe's.jpg                      Aylmer Fair 1992

 

Rocks&Ammo.jpg     Shoshoni, Wyoming 2002

 

SteensBWsmall.jpg     Aylmer, Ontario circa 1992

 

Park8.2.jpg           London, Ontario circa 1973

 

CraftyBastard.jpg                Mark’s shop door  2015

 

Graves.jpg I briefly chuckled when I first found this memorial stone in a graveyard north of Calton. I then remembered that Graves is a local family name. The unnamed infant is very sobering.

 

Orks.jpgFrom my files.   Unknown (not remembered) date and place.

 

BisoncarlotSD.jpg              South Dakota 2002

Riding my motorcycle across mid-west prairies, I tried to imagine bison (buffalo) in large herds roaming the once-grassy land. This is the only one I saw. Slaughter the bison to near-extinction, then use their image to sell cars.

 

Grace2.jpgHarriston 1975

 

 

 

 

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