Monday, June 22, 2009

Fuel & ReFuel

Fuel & ReFuel

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One of the Wallingford neighborhood's most popular coffee houses, Fuel, bears this distinctive old school style neon and bulb-lit arrow sign. I loved seeing it and its window reflection against that blue-gray cloudy evening sky. It's Monday, so time to wake up and smell the coffee and charge off into our work week.


brattcat said...

This image really does convey that sense of need for the first cup of joe in the morning.

Michelle Johnson said...

Great shot but I'll share my cup with you as I'm not a coffee drinker. Have a great day.

Wayne said...

It is a neat sign. I see more and more vintage style neon signs. This is encouraging since they must be very expensive compared to the boring light-box plastic panel ones.

Kim said...

Brattcat, lifting my cup to you this morning, friend! Salud!

Michelle, wow, I can become a coffee mogul with you around. Thanks! I think my brother and I are the only people I've known who can drink a pot's worth through the day and night and still fall right to sleep when the head hits the pillow. I'm not sure what's up with that, but it's how we were wired up. You'll be glad to know we have excellent tea shops. . .oh, wait, "salons de the". . . :-) if you like lovely teas. Of course the beer connoisseurs already know the famed micro breweries here, and the H2O isn't bad, either. :-) I raise my shared cup to you!

Wayne, either that or the design school graduates are waxing nostalgic for decent American design. I don't think much real new ground has been broken in design and architecture since the 1920s. Seems everything from mid-century through now has been derivative of ideas ripe in that era and before. I wonder if the kids now will look back longingly at the plastic box strip mall signs of their youth as being attractive. . .I can't imagine they would. But, who knew I'd adore even now the cheesy Googie signs of my Southern California youth and the other styles of road signs common everywhere. Of course, you've got to admit that things like the two story tall service station attendant with articulated saluting arm at the Chevron station would stay in a kid's memory as a pretty cool sign. I loved seeing your photo of how one new Vancouver business got around the landmark status given that huge aging beloved neighborhood sign.

Clueless in Boston said...

I like old style signs like this a lot. Maybe it's because they evoke a sense of different time, a time when things were better, or at least it seemed that way.

You could have titled this entry: LEUF and FUEL.

Carraol said...

I love your style of photography, always searching for new angles, colors and moods and the way you show your street, your people and your surroundings!