Signs of the Times - July 2012 - (Page 44)

It’s Open! The American Sign Museum’s permanent home opened June 23 By Wade Swormstedt The American Sign Museum presented itsgroupSneak Preview, VIP Friday night, June 1, to an invitation-only of approximately 300 people. The following day, the public was invited to visit from 1:00-5:00 pm. The museum officially opened its new home in the Camp Washington area of Cincinnati on Saturday, June 23. The museum’s regular hours are 10:00-4:00, Wednesday through Saturday, and Noon-4:00 on Sunday. Guided tours are conducted twice a day at 11:00 and 2:00, and at 2:00 on Sunday, at no extra cost. Private group tours continue to be available. At the Sneak Preview, United-Maier Sign Co. (Cincinnati) was honored with the first annual Extra Mile Award for its extensive donations of time, labor and storage in the retrieval, repair and installation of numerous signs. Similarly, David and Suze Butler (Butler Design, Syracuse, IN) were given an Extra Mile award for having organized and coordinated the 29 U.S. and Canadian signpainters who spent the week of March 19-23 donating their services to paint “old” signs that significantly compliment the actual vintage signs on Main St. (See pp. 48-49.) The event marked a triumphant culmination of efforts that museum founder and president Tod Swormstedt began in 1999. None of it would have been possible without the exceedingly generous contributions of Jim and Sharon Weinel (Gemini, Inc., Cannon Falls, MN). The museum had called the Essex Studios facility in Cincinnati its temporary home since Spring 2005. The new space is more than four times bigger, and the 28-ft. ceilings now allow the full-size McDonald’s and Howard Johnson’s signs to dominate Main Street. The museum now boasts more than 4,000 artifacts. ■ 44 SIGNS OF THE TIMES / JULY 2012 /

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Signs of the Times - July 2012

Signs of the Times - June 2012
ST Update
Technology Update
Vinyl Apps
Strictly Commercial
Lighting Techniques
The Moving Message
Technology Review
Technology Review
Vehicle Graphics Contest Extension
New Products
The American Sign Museum Opens!
An Electric-Sign Company Snapshot
By Print or by Paint
Extreme Installs
Lessons for the Boss
The Value of Signs
Advertising Index
Editorially Speaking

Signs of the Times - July 2012