Monthly Archives: August 2005

signs of seattle in mutant color

Seattle Sign Slides.
On August 14th, I shot some of the signs of Seattle on a roll of Kodachrome. The film was sent to the last Kodachrome processing center in the world, in Dalandzadgad, Outer Mongolia. They tell me the film makes a torturous trek by bus, mule, and bicycle to a little photomat in a mud hut on the edge of this Gobi Desert town. OK, maybe it wasn’t quite that bad, but from what I understand, Kodachrome processing is only done by a few places, one in Kansas and one in Switzerland. I was under the impression that Fuji sent film to Kansas and Kodak to Switzerland. I used Kodak, but it hardly seems like it took long enough to go to Switzerland and back.
I shot on two Seattle streets, Lake City Way and Ranier Ave. Lake City Way had a definite ‘highway town’ sort of feel and Ranier was more of an aging urban neighborhood, but both had some nice signage of similar vintage.

Plus de margarine.
At a grocery store in Greenwood, I found yet another example of Extant Design, and, quelle surprise, it’s a margarbutterine. I’m amazed at how one particular foodstuff can defy design updates for so long. Are people fiercely loyal to their margarine/butter that no amount of flashy packing could lure them away? Are people such disengaged butter/margarine consumers that they just grab the closest thing on the shelf? Has anyone on the entire planet besides me noticed this? If so, do they care?

washingtonian dots, cameras, sodas

Dot Dot Dot Dot Camera!
I visited five Washington towns yesterday: Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Pe Ell, Chehalis, and Centralia. In downtown Aberdeen, I picked up four cameras at a place called Clevengers. It’s sort of like a used department store — quite huge, and full of lots of random things, including a ton of cameras. I grabbed a Polaroid 450 (an excellent amateur Polaroid packfilm camera), an Ansco Cadet II (a 127 format camera), a Kodak Pony 828 (an 828 format camera), and the superbizarro Traid Fotron II (also 828, but in a proprietary cartridge that was to be developed by the manufacturer). I created a Wikipedia entry for the 828 film, as it was not yet represented. I also plan on making an entry for the Fotron, because its weirdness must not be left undocumented.

Soda Soda Soda Soda Soda Fizz!
This weekend and last I made some nice additions to my strange obsessive Soda Signs series. One grocery store in Seattle managed to provide me with three different signs, as well as some old Coca-Coca metal medallion thingys.
In Pe Ell, I found yet another variety (albeit rather boring) of
7-Up signs, strengthening my opinion that 7-Up signs are the most diverse.

Pepsi, Chehalis, WA

7-Up, Pe Ell, WA

Dr Pepper, Lakeland, WA

Dr Pepper, Lake City Way, Seattle

Orange Crush, Lake City Way, Seattle

Coca-Cola, Lake City Way, Seattle

from the about-a-year-ago bin

About a year ago (9 October 2004 to be exact) I took some photos of two cemeteries near Mavie, MN. It was a bright, sunny, and very windy October
day. It was pretty hot out for October, actually, close to 80 I think.
I drove to the first cemetery and it was near a church, right on the
edge of a field. There were no trees around, so it was incredibly
bright. The grass had pretty well died, and the fields were golden
with dried plants. It’s a hot bright windy
day, and all I can see for miles around are the yellow and orange of
grasses and tree leaves. I took some photos of the headstones and
things. It was about as un-scary as a cemetery could get. The second
cemetery, the Germantown Cemetery, was out in a field as well, but this one was surrounded by trees. The grass in it was still green, and there was a lot of shade
from surrounding oak trees. There was no church near this cemetery –
a marker told that it had been torn down. A farmer was plowing or
something in the field nearby and either didn’t notice me or more
likely just didn’t care that I was there.
Nearly a year later, I finally looked at the photos. I picked a few of them out and have posted them in a section called Cemeterial.

greetings from seattle

The Bell System Watches Over Us All. An ancient Bell System logo and a poem (an adaptation) to go with it. Click for an enlargement and to get a better view of the faded logo.