Although I wish this was an advertisement paid for in complimentary steaks and cocktails, unfortunately it is not. The Hob Nob is a classic Wisconsin supper club located on the shore of Lake Michigan in Racine. It’s a time warp in the best sense of the term, like walking into a postcard. The food is good (I wasn’t visiting on assignment, the light just happened to be perfect), and it is definitely worth a trip to any of you mid-century fans residing in or visiting the greater Chicago-Milwaukee megalopolis.
Prior to my most recent visit to the Illinois Railway Museum, a graphic designer friend asked me to make an inventory of the most compelling letterforms that I could find. The museum is known for its extensive collection of bus and rail stock dating back to the mid-19th century, but it also functions as a de facto sign museum. Many different categories of signage are represented here, including neon, enamel, plastic, button copy, metal relief, stone relief, and hand-painted. Zooming in on this wide array of signage acts as a modest transit-related typography source book.