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?
PHILADELPHIA, PA: I return to my ancestral homeland to perform my new hour of comedy, “Crying and Driving” at The Plays and Players Theatre! Two shows! They are already almost sold out, so get on this! TICKETS
THE BUMBERSHOOT FESTIVAL, SEATTLE, WA: I will be performing as some of my characters fromThe Pod F. Tompkast, hosting an evening of standup from Jen Kirkman, Todd Glass, and a different surprise guest at every show (an actual surprise guest, not me in character again). FESTIVAL TICKETS
And there you have it. I cannot wait to buy more stickers for my steamer trunk!
In the late 1980s, while America was preoccupied with the Reconstruction and Leopold & Loeb, I worked behind a retail counter with a young lady named Allison. We had time to clean, because we had time to lean! Now, more than your whole lifetime later, Allison is an artist (as am I, after a fashion, it could be argued).
She and her main man Craig added this to @HGTV’s #thestudio public mural, and this touched me. It’s the simple things, you know? Those are the ones that get me.
strawberryluna, I am certain that Austin loves you, too. And so do I, old friend.