Granite Staters Love These NH Neon Signs of the Past and Present
From WOKQ 97.5: I love when the u Local New Hampshire Facebook page takes us on a stroll down memory lane. They shared that the Weirs Beach Neon sign has been standing proud since 1956. It really is a staple in the lakes region and is attached to so many fond memories.
Then they asked Granite Staters “What’s your favorite neon sign?” and per usual, people delivered in the comments! It was so fun to watch people interact with each other and reminisce about these places. It sure beats arguing about politics!
MSO’s new “old” blade sign and marquee are installed, awaiting power
From OnMilwaukee: In early May, the new 50-foot Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra blade sign was installed on the 1930 Warner Theater, 212 W. Wisconsin Ave., by Poblocki Sign Co.
Despite the fact that the MSO’s new performance center in the theater is called the Bradley Symphony Center, the blade sign reads, “Warner,” just like the original sign, installed 90 years ago, as an homage to the Art Deco theater.
Now, the marquee has been installed, too, and again it is a recreation of the original theater marquee.
Retracing the Legacy of America’s Premier Black Travel Guide
From Thrillist: More than just a travel guide, The Negro Motorist Green Book was quite literally a lifesaver for Black people navigating America’s roadways during Jim Crow. Published between 1936 and 1967, the guide cataloged hotels, rest stops, diners, clubs, and resorts that could be trusted as welcoming safe havens for Black travelers.
With its signature green cover, the guide was published annually by New York City mailman Victor Hugo Green, with the hope that one day, it would become irrelevant. Today, The Green Book is a lasting artifact from the Great Migration — one of the largest, most rapid internal migration movements in American history, when at least 6 million Black Americans fled the oppressive south for cities in the north, east, and west.
From UFO Towers to Tsunami Clocks, Every U.S. State’s Most Unique Roadside Attraction
From Newsweek: As the U.S. continues to reel from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, some travelers are opting for road trips as an option to escape this summer. One of the best parts of a road trip can be the quirky and sometimes unexpected stops you find along the way. From glimpses into American history to a peak into the extraterrestrial realm, there are attractions that appeal to everyone’s passions and interests in each of the 50 states.
Here we highlight one roadside stop in each state—all are unique and many don’t even require leaving your car to take a quick look and snap a photo.
Neon Sign Artist Celebrates the LGBTQ+ Community
From ABC 7: Brooklyn, N.Y. — Matthew Day Perez fell in love with neon glass when he was only 14-years-old, right around the same time he came out. Today, he uses his art form to put messages that celebrate LGBTQ+ people in bright, neon lights.