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Lock the Car: 1937

Lock the Car: 1937

July 1937. "Georgia road sign." Photo by Dorothea Lange, who seems to have appreciated quirky signs. More to come later in the week. View full size.


Trichinosis anyone?

All the right ingredients!

Loose Definition

Cockney expression
Amateur Cornetist
Ex: Irving Berlin song, "Someday I'm going to murder the Buglar".

Georgia needs sign spell-check

This reminds me of a sign I saw in Georgia while driving from Columbus to Augusta back in the early '70s: "PLAM READER." Her clairvoyant powers didn't extend to spelling, it seems.


I'm not sure if "LOL" counts as a real comment on here, but, I did.


The owner of that sign should sue McDonald's.

[For want of an "r" the suit was lost. -tterrace]

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