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[pdx] "Franz Bread, The Good Bread …"

Posted in Uncategorized on April 13, 2014 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
Overlooking the inner east side, from a side of one of the buildings at the Franz Bakery (actually, the United States Baking Company), is a bit of charming outdoor advertising that completes the famous commercial jingle, the first half of which is this entry’s title:

A bit of historical context provided by a YouTuber with obviously discerning tastes …


[liff] Merry Trololo Christmas, From Mr Trololo Himself

Posted in Uncategorized on December 26, 2011 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2734.Back earlier this year, when Edward Hill, the ‘Trololo’ Guy, a/k/a the Russian Rickroll went viral, most people didn’t know what to make of it.

Turned out he was just this happy Russian singer who was beloved by his country and his fans both during the days of Soviet rule as well as the present day. And, at age 77, he’s still kickin’ it, old-school Trololo-style, and still as happy and joyous as ever.

Merry-what-ever-you-call-it. Enjoy.

H/T to fellow Ellisonian John E. Williams. Thanks, guy!

[or_liff] And The Next Great Recall-the-Politicos Battle will happen in …

Posted in Uncategorized on August 5, 2011 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

2640.My old home town of Silverton.

Is there no pleasing anyone anymore? Can’t really tell what the problem is here.

[Address_Nerd] About those old Seattle Street Blade Fonts …

Posted in Uncategorized on August 5, 2011 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

2639.A while back, a fellow Address Nerd from up Seattle way shared with me a photo of an old street blade set. I have been out of action for a tick, so I can’t remember which one of you it was … please, if you read it, let me know who you were, yes? It was either you, Luke, or you, Ben, and yes, this is a tetch embarrassing.

Anywhoozle, they shared a sign with me that looked not unlike (in style, age, and patina) this set from another’s flickr stream:

 Old worn-out Seattle street sign

Of particular interest are the crossbars closing off the counters in the “e”s in the word Stevens. They have this peculiar upward slant which is decidedly nonstandard.

I went to the web pages for City of Seattle’s Streets department and found no information but did find a link to an email address. I phrased the question, and sent off; an autoreply said the functionary would be on vacation for a couple of weeks, so I bided my time and awaited reply … which eventually came.

Here, now, is the wonderfully succint answer provided by Seattle Department of Transportation  Manager of Traffic Field Operations, Paul Jackson, on 11 May 2011:

After viewing the photo you sent, our senior sign painter has concluded that these signs were manufactured many years ago and the technique at that time was to do each letter by hand without a standard font. Currently, we follow recommended, approved standards.  

You can interpret that bit of brevity your own way, but the way I see it, since the rest of the font seems so clearly visually in harmony with the general FHWA style, I think it fair to presume that the sign painters based the font on that, but threw in that beguiling slanted crossbar on the minuscule e as a personal, “Seattlized” touch. 

In short, they were freestyling.

I’m also still intrigued that, despite the assertion that they were not using a standard font, the look of the font actually seems to anticipate Clearview. It certainly resembles that, and harmonized with it, as far as I’m concerned. 

And though we may never know what the visual source of the distinctive Seattle street blade look was for sure, we can be sure that it was a little dash of creativity that made it the unique look that it was.

[art] PDX’s Original Art Media Store to Go Blick

Posted in Uncategorized on August 4, 2011 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis


It seems fitting that I should devote the first post here in rather a while (it’s called ennui. Look it up) on the fundamental roll that a well-known local art supply titan is going through.
Art Media is going away, in a way. It is being absorbed by the national art supply retailer Dick Blick, who many artist know from thier awesome mail-order catalog. 
I hold in my hand a postcard from Art Media which gives a rough timeline (about the only firm-ish date on it is “early 2012” … do you suppose that’s what the Mayan Long Count Calendar was predicting, after all?) and a particularly disappointing fact … the location at SE 82nd Avenue and King Road, in an area we used to call Clackamas but is increasingly being referred to as Happy Valley, will be closing for good.
That makes me sad. Some of my fondest art-supply-browsing memories are contained in that store. Sic transit gloria.

This is a good-news-bad-news, where-you-stand-depends-on-where-you-sit sort of thing. If you believe in and support local businesses, this is not a real good thing. Art Media is one of the longtime Portland greats. Started in a little store on SW 10th Avenue between Yamhill and Taylor, then, in the late 80s, moved over to its big anchor location on SW 9th and Yamhill. Opened a Beaverton store, then the one on SE 82nd, and for a while actually had one in Salem. Through many plays at art and one course through graphic design school, Art Media was my store.
If you know Blick Art Materials, though, this probably works out to be good news. Blick’s selection is huge, and if Blick doesn’t have it, then you don’t probably need it. And Blick fans in the Portland area have had to do the mail order because the nearest Blick store is up Seattle way. And Blick has the reputation of being a good company to do business with. Mail order is keen, but having a store to go to is better.
If, like me, you prefer to use local merchants whenever you can, there are still options open, and they’re going strong. They’re not too big, not too small, and the people who own and run the place you might just find behind the counter, ringing up your sales, which is the way it should be.
  • One is the magnificent Muse Art and Design. They have just the charmingest, friendliest location, down on upper Hawthorne at about 45th, and they are in the progress of opening one in the Milepost 5 artists residence complex over on NE 82nd between Glisan and I-84. They seem upscale going in, but the prices are good and affordable, there’s something there for just about everyone.
  • The other is the delightful I’ve Been Framed. They’re located where Foster splits from Powell at SE 50th, and they have an art store experience that’s something other than else. Very bohemian, very eclectic, thoroughly enjoyable. They have good prices on a lot of stuff and take on clearance lots from other places which sometimes gets you one-of-a-kind deals (I got a set of DaVinci gouache for about a third of full price once, and a big, official Bob Ross clear plexi palette for a steal). Great selection of graphite drawing materials and great paper and media selection. But it’s the warm and friendly electic real-artist attitude which keeps us coming back again and again, and the wonderful and affable people.
So, you still have a local option if you’d rather. And they’re going strong. So support them.
In the meantime, RIP Art Media: born 1974, merged 2011. It was a good run.

[ad_design] Sarcasm Day: Snark About Coors Billboards

Posted in Uncategorized on May 19, 2011 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

2623.I’m declaring this a Sarcasm Day, mostly because these ads:

Coors billboards 1

… have really gotten on my nerves.

Gosh almighty, we can’t send a man to the Moon anymore, but we’ll always know when a Coors Light is at the perfect serving temperature. Remember those days when you just, well, I don’t know … picked up a bottle to see if it was cold or not? Yeah, those were hard times. We had to write down phone numbers to remember them an’ all. The horror.

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[logo_design] Descendants of Original NY Yankees Logo Desiger Suing For Rights

Posted in Uncategorized on April 24, 2011 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

2609.This story may or may not demonstrate the wisdom of getting it in writing, depending on how the court case works out.

The New York Yankees “Top Hat” logo is, if not among the most famous logos, certainly one of the most recognizable, and carries a lot of history and fame. The logo was reputed to have been created by Kenneth Timur in 1936 who, according to the article at CNN, apparently depended on the good will of the Yankees organization to be properly recompensed:

Buday explains that her uncle was not aware that the Yankees adopted the logo until he immigrated to America in 1947 and was asked to revise the logo for their 1952 celebration of 50 years based in New York City.

She claims Timur was hopeful that this time the sports franchise would offer him some kind of recognition, but took the opportunity to “sign” his work with a “P.” Instead of 1903 to 1952, the logo appears as “1P03-1952” on the patches of the uniform.

A spokesperson for the organization quipped in response This is a wonderful country where anybody can sue for anything, even when the allegations are over 70 years old. And there, though I’m not a lawyer, would appear to be at least one place where there may be a crux of the matter. There may indeed be a credit due, but a delay of 70 years would seem, to this layman, to be a big obstacle to the claims of the descendants.

Good luck to the litigants, and we’ll keep our eye on this one.