Saturday, November 8, 2008

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Friday, September 19, 2008

Burger Joint

This is the sign that started it all. Years ago I spotted this sign on Park Avenue just north of 23rd Street and I thought it was so cool-looking. And then increasingly more often I would see more small circular signs posted outside of bars, restaurants, and spas until I decided it was a trend that I wanted to document in a blog. Won't this blog be interesting 20 years from now when round signs have passed their prime and are considered passe relics?

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Broadway, Queens

Great blueberry pie-for-one but they don't sell unsweetened iced tea - just Snapple and that other junk. Total bummer.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Melbourne - New Category

Clara Smith submitted this image of a Round Sign advertising a night club. This is a new category. Nice find, Clara.

Melbourne Again

In this image from Clara Smith we have a Round Sign for a sneaker/fashion brand and a beauty brand

More from Melbourne

More from Clara in Melbourne.

I wonder if Melbourne Australia is the world's Round Sign capital!?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Virgin Sunset NYC

This is so close to home it's embarrassing that it took me so long to shoot it. Union Square South, NYC.

Monday, August 18, 2008

At Laguardia Airport

I think these little circular signs are mighty trendy at the moment and they seem to be concentrated wherever one might expect to find tourists; Boston Harbor, Cardiff Bay - Wales, Provincetown, MA, and Laguardia Airport.

This is also from the airport but I think it's from the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport. Maybe it's at Laguardia.

Sunday, August 17, 2008


Taken in Zurich by renowned technology reviewer and ace photographer, Thorsten Wulff.

They'll Gladly Pay You Tuesday

Another submitted by American Clara Smith who has taken up residence in Melbourne.

Cafe in Fitzroy

Also submitted by Clara Smith, this is a doozy of a Round Sign, complete with complicated supports. Fig is a cafe in Fitzroy - a town that I am guessing is near Melbourne.

Keep 'em coming, Clara.

Sushi in Melbourne

Another submission from our woman down under, Clara Smith. Ai is a Sushi restaurant in Melbourne. Notice the lack of leaves on the trees. They are just heading into springtime about now.

More From Oz

These aren't exactly what Round Signs is after but they are interesting and well worth posting.

Clara, who submitted these (and all the others from Australia), wonders if this particular collection of Round Signs, which is located behind Federation Square in Melbourne, is an art installation or an attempt to get people out walking more.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

German Marmalade

This is a round sign but it isn't circular nor is it hanging off of a building so technically, it does not fall within submission guidelines. However, exceptions will be made on a case by case basis and this submission has been accepted after careful review.

This brand of marmalade is found all over the world but few people know that the graphic includes the skyline of Luebeck, Germany - home of Schwartau. Submitted by Thorsten Wulff.

Saturday, August 9, 2008


They sure have well-dressed pedestrians in Australia. If this were in NYC, the walking dude would be wearing sneakers.

As you may have noticed, exceptions are made on a case by case basis as to what constitutes a round sign. For example, they must be circular. Ideally they hang off of buildings but the odd round sign on a stick is a fun change.

Victoria Bitter in Oz

Clara, our woman down under, won't stop until she finds every round sign in Oz. Depicted here is another round sign for a place to buy refreshments of the liquid variety.

More from Melbourne

Not only are we looking at Round Signs but there's a cultural exchange as well. Clara writes, "The Hawthorn Club (the two signs) is a pub with pokies (gambling machines)." I think I'll categorize this one as 'beverage,' I'm going to go out on a flyer and guess that they serve booze with the pokies.

More from Melbourne

This is a sign for a kids clothing store, it sells faerie wings and other first-day-of-school essentials.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

They Drink Beer in Australia!

This little beauty was taken (at night) and submitted by Clara Smith. It is positioned on top of the Bush Inn Hotel in Toorak, Australia. Clara took it on August 6, 2008.

Sadly, her husband thinks she's nuts now because she's always looking for Round Signs. We know you're not nuts Clara and we appreciate your contribution - our first ever from a stranger! I hope you can send more. Who knows, maybe your husband will even spot the next one.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Hair Salon in Luebeck, Germany

Submitted by Thorsten Wulff.

Murray's Cheese, Bleecker Street, NYC

Submitted by Chris Trela who, while heart-broken that he wasn't carrying his Lumix, snapped this with his black Palm Centro.

Bicycle Shop in Luebeck, Germany

Submitted by designer, photographer, and technical reviewer Thosten Wulff.

Can I get an umlaut? Luebeck should have an umlaut over the 'u' and no 'e' next to it. Luebeck, you may be interested to know, was the birth place of marzipan, that tasty almond confection.

Thorsten would have us know that this image was taken with the iPhone. Knowing Thorsten, it was the *latest* iPhone.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Hamburg, Germany

Submitted by globe-trotter/astronaut-in-training/antarctic-explorer Ken Makoff, here's the latest of his shots from the road. We think it's an eatery/public house. Corrections welcome.

As Ken undergoes testing RIGHT NOW to determine whether he'll make it to the next round of astronaut testing - my best wishes are with him. Send some of your own.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Park Avenue South, New York City

Great fish plates with two sides for only $8.95. The Cod and Salmon are both fantastic. And the iced tea is recommended as well. Bon Appetit!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

St. Petersburg

Submitted by Ken Mankoff and taken in St. Petersburg, the following posts illustrate the worldwide appeal of circular signs.

Russian Mystery

Submitted by Ken Mankoff, taken in St. Petersburg. I didn't know what this sign is for. I guessed it was for a bank called Liviz. I got the name right, got the business wrong. I put Liviz into Google and discovered that LIVIZ is a major alcohol producer. Almost like a bank.

What's the "24 hours" part of the sign? I know enough Russian to know that chas/chasa means hours (or time or watch) but what is "24 hours" doing on a booze sign? Or does Liviz have another meaning here?

Russian Eatery

Submitted by Globe Trotter, Ken Mankoff. This sign is advertising an eatery, I hope.

St. Petersburg

Submitted by the Globe Trotter himself, Ken Mankoff. This appears to be a bus sign for Globus

Round Cleaners

Taken by Chris Trela.

Round Soup

Submitted by Chris Trela, author of Quite All Right. Shot in Manhattan's upper east side.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Shop Ahoy

Taken on Cape Cod by Chris Trela. Check out more of his excellent images at Quite All Right.