Tim Kiser's photos with the lettering

This one's called "Goin' to the Chapel."

This one's called "Goin' to the Chapel."
The securely-fastened words are as permanent as death and shall not be removed ever, so as to preserve people's memories. Beckoning "c'mere" snowman of ampersand.

Ha ha re: chapels, English-speaking Americans re-use way too many of the same words for di…
Added on October 12, 2010

Oldtime writing. How it felt to read signboards in the 1800s.

Oldtime writing.  How it felt to read signboards in the 1800s.
Re 'expens': To drop the final 'e' from words ending in -ense is to indicate that the word should be pronounced with a 'z' sound at the end, instead of an 's' sound.

Compare:
• in my defense ⇶ in my defens
• my driver's license ⇶ my driver's licens
• I'm…
Added on July  7, 2012

The word "thrivent" is real; it is the adjective form of "thrive."

The word "thrivent" is real; it is the adjective form of "thrive."
My favourite of the small buildups of fluffsome snowfall is the one atop the letter v.

The corp "Thrivent Financial" sometimes refers to itself as "Thrivent Financial For Lutherans," depending on circumstance. The corp is the corporate descendant of a…
Added on July 23, 2011

Welcome to A. SCHULTE CIGARS.

Welcome to A. SCHULTE CIGARS.
"I detest this old lettering and I want it covered-up and gone," said somebody sometime. "Sometime somebody ought to mention to cigar enthusiasts that their burning cigars give off repulsive odours."

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In downtown Philadelphia on…
Added on April  4, 2011

USERS OF OUCH SMOKE, old caked layers of letters so old nobody can remember them.

USERS OF OUCH SMOKE, old caked layers of letters so old nobody can remember them.
The staircase is highly visible from down here on the street. Upstairs, that door is extremely tastefully designed, it looks newer than the rest of the stuff.

Oldtime "Mail Pouch" chaw adverts remind us that there was a time when big wads of chaw were…
Added on January 23, 2011

Take me, Lady Luck, behind the pleated shades of your five different sizes of window.

Take me, Lady Luck, behind the pleated shades of your five different sizes of window.
I see where some broken and tippy fiery-coloured uppercase letters are lightly affixed to some diagonally-oriented strips of grey wood this morning.

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In Zanesville, Ohio, on December 28th, 2010, in the "Sunrise Center" shopping ce…
Added on January 17, 2011

A picture of the blue beams that passed from the mouths of stripe-faced bald ladies in 1979.

A picture of the blue beams that passed from the mouths of stripe-faced bald ladies in 1979.
After all these years I finally noticed them! Let these ladies' memories be passed down (or beamed!) thru generations. Every person has got something to contribute to the story of civilization.

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NC915.A35 R5, in the collection o…
Added on January  4, 2011

The practice of medicine in comfort and safety in the state of Delaware, the "Small Wonder," home of tax-free shopping.

The practice of medicine in comfort and safety in the state of Delaware, the "Small Wonder," home of tax-free shopping.
I walked in serenely and sat down and waited my turn. Everything went fine.

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In Wilmington, Delaware, at the southeast corner of West 11th Street and North Union Street (Delaware Route 2).

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Library of Con…
Added on November 14, 2010

A view upon the public transportation system of the city of Muscatine, Iowa.

A view upon the public transportation system of the city of Muscatine, Iowa.
"MuscaBus" does have a pretty ring to it but were I in charge of naming I'd've probably selected "Buscatine" but hey. But hey y'know? Whatever MuscaBus wants.

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In downtown Muscatine, Iowa, on April 13th, 2010, a MuscaBus bus stop…
Added on September 21, 2010

Adeste fi-SPRAY-les, all over thy graves.

Adeste fi-SPRAY-les, all over thy graves.
These are sprays in the floral sense, and definitely not in the "streams of liquid spraying onto people's graves" sense.

Any town ye can assume to not get much crime, where the businesswomen leave porta-ad sign totes with handles, out upon the sidewalks,…
Added on September 21, 2010

There's a spread of grass for you to sit down on if you need to rest your feet and eat a sandwich or whatever.

There's a spread of grass for you to sit down on if you need to rest your feet and eat a sandwich or whatever.
I need to go over into the bushes for a minute, I'll be right back.

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In Bloomington, Minnesota, on November 2nd, 2009, the entrance to the "Cypress Semiconductor" semiconductor fabrication plant at the northeast corner of Old Shak…
Added on April 19, 2010

Philadelphian autobody shop arrangement of seeming-nonsequiturs.

Philadelphian autobody shop arrangement of seeming-nonsequiturs.
Initially this stuff seems confusing but keep thinking about it, it'll start to make sense.

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In Philadelphia on January 1st, 2009, the exterior of Derkas Auto Body on the west side of Aramingo Avenue, north of Norris Street.

Here…
Added on September 28, 2009

Someday we'll find it!

Someday we'll find it!
A depression is in progress and these kinds of businesses are probably gonna mostly go out-of-business here pretty soon but I hope not.

I like the siding, and splat splat!, I like to shoot paintballs, and you're gonna get one in your eye if you're not ca…
Added on January 23, 2009