Who knew historic signage could be so fascinating and so colorful?
A trip to the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, which is dedicated to sign preservation and restoration, will illuminate you.
Here are three reasons you’ve got to visit.
1. Age-old signs. The American Sign Museum covers American signage from the early 1900s to the 1950s. The tools of the early sign-making trade are displayed, as well as pre-electric and modern plastic-faced signs.
2. Vintage neon. A streetscape filled with neon signs in the colors of the rainbow will transport you to another era. A sign for Kona Lanes from the 1950s was created for a Polynesian Tiki-themed building in Mesa, CA, and a McDonald’s sign built in 1963 is topped with the original McDonald’s mascot, “Speedee.”
3. Dayton’s Pizza King. A Vic Cassano’s Pizza King porcelain neon sign from the 1950s has been restored and is on display at the museum. The pizza chain was founded in Dayton in 1953 by Cassano and his mother-in-law, Caroline “Mom” Dinisi. The 1,000-pound sign stands almost 14-feet tall.
>> Find more information about the museum in the full story, on MyDaytonDailyNews.com.
Want to go?
WHAT: The American Sign Museum
WHERE: 1330 Monmouth Avenue, Cincinnati (in the Camp Washington neighborhood)
HOURS: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 12-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday. Closed on the following holidays: the day before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day
COST: $15/adults, $10/seniors (65+), students and military; up to three children ages 12 and under are free with each paying adult
INFO: 513-541-6366 or email@example.com