Thursday, April 21, 2011

American Sign Museum

The American Sign Museum was founded in 2005 by Tod Swormstedt, editor and publisher of the trade publication, Sign of the Times. The museum has an impressive display of signs from the 1800’s through the 1970’s. In the museum you will find just about every type of sign from early goldleaf and glass signs, storefronts, metal, wooden, brightly lit neon signs, and hand painted show cards from Las Vegas. The museum has over 200 signs as well as sign making materials and educates visitors on the history of signs and their impact on society, commerce, and the American landscape.

There are some very unique and interesting signs in the museum such as the Shopland Shopping Center Sputnik replica, a bright neon SkyVu Motel sign, and the Frisch’s Big Boy. There is even a sign restoration facility.

Tours are available and you will most likely get a personal tour from the founder himself.

The museum was once located on Essex Place in Walnuts Hills but recently moved to the Oesterlein Machine Company-Fashion Frocks Inc. Complex in Camp Washington. This former parachute factory and historic building gives the museum more space to display all of the signs in their collection.

American Sign Museum
1330 Monmouth Street, Camp Washington