Signs of the Times . . .

Today was a “Play Tourist Day”, so we all left the park about 11, heading for Cincinnati, about 40 miles away. Our first stop was supposed to be the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center , but before we could get there we got stuck in Cincinnati Reds game day traffic, and traveled about 100 feet in 45 minutes.

So we changed our plans and headed across town to the American Sign Museum. Sounds kind of boring, right? But it was anything but.

Starting outside with the classic Holiday Inn sign welcoming you.

American Sign Museum 1

I’m not sure what the Big Pink Pig represents. Maybe a BBQ place?

Much of the museum is in a city street layout with individual storefronts showing off store signs.

American Sign Museum 5


And of course you have other classics like Howard Johnson’s,

American Sign Museum 4


And, of course, McDonald’s. You can tell how old this sign is by the 15 cent hamburger price. And based on the ‘Over One Billion Sold’, it’s from 1963-64. Note that these are full size signs, about 30 feet tall.

American Sign Museum 6

American Sign Museum 7

American Sign Museum 8


This small sign in a window was one of Jan’s favorites. The letters are actually ‘Bubble Light’s’ like the Christmas Tree ornaments.

American Sign Museum 9


And this is a really interesting display of 3 dimension letters.

American Sign Museum 10

After our very enjoyable visit to the Sign Museum, we headed off for a stop at Jungle Jim’s Market, a really neat grocery store we had visited twice before. But not knowing there were actually two of them in Cincinnati, we ended up at the smaller one.

So since it was on the way back to the park anyway, we went on around the 275 loop to the big one. If you’ve never been here, it’s hard to imagine. They even have maps to help you find your way around.

Jungle Jim 2


Pretty much any kind of vegetable, fruit, cheese, meat, etc. that you’ve ever heard of, they have it. They even have about 40 different types of olives.

Jungle Jim 3


And they have a firetruck atop their display of what must be every kind on hot sauce ever made.

Jungle Jim 7

Finally leaving Jungle Jim’s, we stopped off and had dinner at a nearby Uno’s Chicago Grill & Pizzeria, a place we ate at two years ago when we were last in the area. Just as good this time.

Tomorrow looks to be a goof-off day. Yes!


Thought for the Day:

"Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom!  I hope you will make a good use of it.

If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it."

~John Adams


2 Responses

  1. I’ve been to Cincinnati a lot and never heard of the Jungle Jim or the sign museum. Thanks for the info. We’ll stop on our way to Goshen.

  2. Jan,

    When you go to Jungle Jim’s, be sure you go to the one in Fairfield, not the smaller one in Eastgate.

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