"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh


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Ruth’s Partyland in Austin and The Barbershop Moved

From our Austin adventure although I’ve been home a week and a day.

I always like to photograph interesting signage. Urban communication.

Chris, my friend’s son,  drove by Ruth’s Partyland as slowly as he could while I tried to catch it with my camera.

Then the next time around he actually pulled into the parking lot. I never made it inside to photograph the pinatas. And I read they had Mexican candy, too.  I was so disappointed.





Coffee and Competition – Corona Café Austin Texas

My three friends and I were headed to a quilter’s studio to check out her hand dyed fabric (stay tuned) Anne needed REAL coffee.  Tucked away on Corona Drive in a mini strip of businesses was Corona Café

These two men were going to play disc golf but the rain kept them inside on Saturday morning.

“We felt like doing something competitive.”  So here they are in Corona Café playing Scrabble.

Scrabble Men

The barista made us excellent coffee.

Naiman was so nice.  I asked him about his name.  His father got it off the back of a car but it is a Mongolian warrior. He told us we could look it up.    Naiman

Naiman the BaristaNaiman and his latté art.


signageI hear they have great internet.

A Slip of the Foot vs. Tongue-Poor Richard

 Seen on Pine Street, Philadelphia   

Poor Richard’s Almanac – Benjamin Franklin

Link to Poor Richard Almanack info

Pete’s Signs in the Roller Shades Department

I forget the number of the aisle at Home Depot. Thursday afternoon.


My sister was helping me get straightened up around here.  The family’s gathering in this weekend.

I was getting a couple of new shades for my bedroom windows. Make it private for my guests.

The shades had to be cut to size.

On the shelf below the shade cutter,  I saw these two signs and asked,

“Who made these signs?”


“Tell Pete they’re great!”

(BTW the customer service was super today! and no mistakes )

Mistakes sign

Faux pas definition


The Roller Shades Section

But What’s a Hoogie?

Submarine sandwiches are called lots of things – depending on where you live.

A grinder, a hoagie, a sub, a hero, a blimpie- to name a few.

Last Sunday afternoon,  I filled up the tank in Clintonville, Ohio  before heading to Pittsburgh and saw this sign.

A new name or a typo? Well,no typewriter was involved but a misspelling? or intentional naming of a new type of sandwich.

Shot from inside the car through the windshield. With the iPhone.

My DIL said, why didn’t you go in and ask them. Never occurred to me.

Hoogie Sign

Windows With Signage and/or Things in Them – Gallery 5

They said it was a Weekly Photo Challenge so I turned it into a Week-long Photo Challenge

Today I’m posting Windows with signage or things in them.

When I went to the external hard drives looking for the Infant of Prague in a window (thanks Jack) I saw quite a few windows photos  that could fit in several categories.  Categories with windows pictures reminded me of that old 25,000 Pyramid Game show hosted by Dick Clark.

-Windows with Things to Eat in Them

-Windows with Fashion

-Windows with a View Through Them

-or this time of year  could be Looking Through a Dirty Car Window

Tomorrow will be a new challenge so squeezing in one more gallery of windows.

for scenic view window


South Side Pittsburgh



squirrel window

North Side Window Taxidermy






Gold Sold Here

South Side of Pittsburgh





Doll Window

New York City






Carrick Hardware

Brownsville Road, Carrick  Pittsburgh PA





no public restrooms

South Side





Fort Pitt Art Room WindowFt. Pitt Art Room Window (school now closed)





Betty Boop Window

Betty Boop Window on Carson Street South Side Pittsburgh PA






i hour cleaning

Roanoke Virginia Hat Cleaning Sign





Millvale Window


Millvale PA




shoe and boots window


Shadyside Shoe Store on Walnut Street Pittsburgh PA




No Weapons Window





Urban Madonna in Window

Philadelphia South Ninth Street Window




hardware window (1)

Hardware Store Arlington Avenue Pittsburgh PA



Bloomfield Window

Peace Sign Bloomfield Pittsburgh PA




doll window (1)

Maura wants Aunt Linda’s Dolls









Men on Ladders Spotted by Maura

Reminded me of the toothpaste billboard in Croatia.  You might remember it, the supposed workers hanging on the side of the building in Zagreb.

Today at the Easton Mall, Maura (5) asked me what the men  on the ladders were doing?   Huh?

I looked up, then pulled out the phone. Thanks Maura.

Good eyes.  I might have missed them.  They are 3D in person.   Here they look flat.

3D Billboard

Easton Mall before the crowds arrived.  iPhone camera is all I had in my pocket.

Follow Me to Forbes Field Vintage Sign

Saw this sign on the back wall behind the Cobra Kings band at Excuses on the South Side Friday night. The kitchen door is on the right, the spice rack a blur.

Some of you may know how Baseball in October is a big thrill in the city of Pittsburgh right now, after twenty one years without a winning season we have one now…. and then some!

Another game against the St. Louis Cardinals tomorrow afternoon. On our home field of PNC Park. Everyone is hoisting the Jolly Roger flags and cheering them on.

Forbes Field Forever is a website which maintains the memories although the actual field is no longer there, but the brick wall with the painted distance numerals is still in Oakland, covered with some ivy. Home plate in a U of Pitt building floor, covered with plexiglass for all to see. GO BUCS!

follow me to forbes field

Reserve Now- Avoid the Rush

Walking along Smallman Street, I saw this sign.


Santa Suit Sign