Monthly Archives: December 2011

A Beach Street Landmark

The Halifax Historical Museum building at 252 South Beach Street was constructed in 1910 as home to Daytona Beach’s very first bank (Merchants Bank). It was sold in 1936 to Florida Bank and Trust and then purchased by the Historical Society in 1984.  (Photo taken 12/26/11) … Continue reading

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One More Reason to Love Handpainted Signs

This is the last sign-related entry for at least a few weeks, I promise! I took this photo in Miami (where Jesus is frist?) on 3/24/05.

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God Love Woody Guthrie (and Handpainted Signs)

As I was walkin’ – I saw a sign there And that sign said – no tress passin’ But on the other side …. it didn’t say nothin! Now that side was made for you and me! — Woody Guthrie … Continue reading

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Holiday Greetings from the Gang at Vintage Daytona Beach

Well, actually the “gang” is just me – but the photo is of our little collection of Carol Roll holiday figures. Carol is a nationally represented artist from Ormond Beach who crafts nostaligic figures using paper mache and vintage accessories … Continue reading

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Mitch’s Mini

Ormond Beach filmmaker Mitch Mentor is one of the coolest guys I know, and nothing defines his coolness better than his 1972 Volkswagen Minibus. There’s no mistaking this big green bug for one of those sterile “look at me, look at … Continue reading

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Neon Night

I’m standing on South Ridgewood Avenue in the warm glow of the Hawaii Motel’s neon sign. I light up an imaginary cigarette, turn up my imaginary collar, and take a comb from my hip pocket to sweep back my imaginary … Continue reading

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Handpainted Signs and Spinach Pie

Signs painted by hand aren’t necessarily “vintage” but they do often remind me of the photos that Walker Evans took in the 1930s for the Farm Services Administration. Below is his classic “Roadside Stand near Birmingham, Alabama” (1936), followed by my photo … Continue reading

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