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What's up with keyholes?

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What's up with keyholes?

What are keyholes and why are they important for hanging signs? Example of the back of a single sided sign   Keyholes are small, elongated holes that are commonly found on the back of signs or plaques. They are designed to make hanging a sign easier and more secure. By using keyholes, you can ensure that your sign stays in place and doesn't shift or fall off the wall. Step 1: Determine the placement of your sign Before you start hanging your sign, you need to decide where you want it to be displayed. Take into consideration the height, visibility,...

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Why Pineapples?

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Why Pineapples?

Have you ever noticed pineapples on signs while exploring the charming streets of New England? These tropical fruits may seem out of place in this region known for its rich history and traditional values. However, the presence of pineapples on signs actually has a fascinating backstory that dates back centuries. Let's dive into the intriguing world of pineapples and their connection to New England roots. Why are pineapples on signs? One might wonder why pineapples, a symbol of warmth and hospitality, have found their way onto signs in New England. The tradition can be traced back to the colonial era...

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Let's talk Quarterboards

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Let's talk Quarterboards

Have you ever walked down a quaint, picturesque street and noticed those charming long and narrow signs outside homes and businesses? You know, the ones with unique names and intricate designs that make you stop and take a second look? Well, my friend, those are called quarterboard signs, and they are more than just eye-catching decorations. Let's dive into the fascinating world of quarterboard signs and discover what makes them so special. What exactly are quarterboard signs? Imagine a mini billboard, but with a twist of whimsy and a dash of history. Quarterboard signs are small, narrow signs that typically...

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Pick contrasting colors - Here's why

Contrasting colors

Pick contrasting colors - Here's why

Why are contrasting colors important on a sign? Contrasting colors play a crucial role in making a sign visually appealing and effective. When used correctly, they can grab attention, improve readability, and convey important information. Let's explore why contrasting colors are so important on a sign. Enhancing visibility One of the primary reasons for using contrasting colors on a sign is to enhance its visibility. When two colors with high contrast are placed next to each other, they create a visual impact that immediately catches the eye. This makes it easier for people to notice and read the sign, even...

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Sign, sign, everywhere a sign...

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Sign, sign, everywhere a sign...

But what is it that grabs your attention and makes you really LOOK at a sign? It could be the shape, it could be the colors, but a BIG factor is the design, emblem, or logo a sign carries. Retail and promotional signs were the earliest forms of signs. These date back to antiquity. They would carry designs that could be recognized by non-literate citizens. We all know that the red and white striped pole means we can get a shave and a haircut – a variation of that sign dates back to the Middle Ages. In the 14 th century, English...

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