Signs & Graffiti

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



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 might give up, but someone gave up on their 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 had a 16 blade aperture that was 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.jpg                                        St Williams, Ontario 1986

RustyNuts.jpg             2018

MelbourneIOOF.jpg                                         2018

Fishing.jpgLondon Ontario circa 1973

DeerSign.jpg                            Quebec 1974            Sign used for sighting rifle.

Headache.jpg          Headache         Not surprising considering the top of her head is missing!

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 was 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

6 thoughts on “Signs & Graffiti”

  1. I had left a comment recently about how I came upon your website looking for older photographs of my area and how I hadn’t found any but then I suddenly remembered the one of the Roosevelt Dance Hall which was only 1/4 mile from my parents house..I stand corrected..there was one!


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