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ATTENTION LAST NIGHT’S AUDIENCE: Elfreth’s Alley is NOT the only alley in Philadelphia with its own font!
Last night I poked gentle fun at our nation’s oldest residential street and its street sign’s “Game of Thrones”-y font. Well. Not only did a Google image search yield no photographic evidence of this sign THAT I ABSOLUTELY REMEMBER SEEING ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION, but last night, I discovered something else!
As I walked back to my hotel, passing every drunk person in the city, I noticed this place! Schubert Alley! With its own custom-font sign! Even through the raccoon-eye-paint glow of the reflected flash, you can see: this ain’t your granddady’s street-sign font!  It’s your great-great-grandaddy’s!
So, Philadelphia, my questions are these:
1) Is the D & D-style Elfreth’s Alley sign still extant?
2) How many more alleys in the City of Brotherly Love have their own custom fonts?
Get back to me on those. Thank you.

ATTENTION LAST NIGHT’S AUDIENCE: Elfreth’s Alley is NOT the only alley in Philadelphia with its own font!

Last night I poked gentle fun at our nation’s oldest residential street and its street sign’s “Game of Thrones”-y font. Well. Not only did a Google image search yield no photographic evidence of this sign THAT I ABSOLUTELY REMEMBER SEEING ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION, but last night, I discovered something else!

As I walked back to my hotel, passing every drunk person in the city, I noticed this place! Schubert Alley! With its own custom-font sign! Even through the raccoon-eye-paint glow of the reflected flash, you can see: this ain’t your granddady’s street-sign font!  It’s your great-great-grandaddy’s!

So, Philadelphia, my questions are these:

1) Is the D & D-style Elfreth’s Alley sign still extant?

2) How many more alleys in the City of Brotherly Love have their own custom fonts?

Get back to me on those. Thank you.

  1. jessica-messica said: Elfreth’s has still got it’s Medieval Book Report Cover font, yes.
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