When I used to do my Saturday "errands" around Somerville, I always noticed the small groceries that still displayed hand-lettered signs advertising their specials. Since the specials changed every week, I wondered what happened to the old signs and often thought that they would look rather snappy framed and hung up in a cheerily-colored kitchen.
I forgot about those signs after I moved, which is why I got super excited to find an old bookmark for KT Meaney's article about sign painters on Speak Up ...
"Amado Romero paints in Logan Square, Chicago. It is an old-fashioned occupation, but in this timeless neighborhood, a job with a fresh coat of paint. So I stop and watch. Amado speaks little english and silently offers his business card as a greeting. It reads: 'ZIGN; Amado Romero.' The card itself is a sign: hand painted with visible brush strokes that no Epson could output. I smile in return, 'cause that is something everybody everywhere does in the same language.
What a word: ZIGN! I like it mucho."