Signs of the Times

July 14, 2008 | By | Comments (2)

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been on the hunt for unusual signs. Below are photos of a few of the standouts – some clever, one brazen, some just whacky. Take a gander at what follows and if you have any you’d like to share, feel free to email them to me @


Running Wild (above)

Is your carpet stain free? Perhaps your child sleeps through the night without a fuss. Your home, it seems, is just too peaceful. Well, Palmana’s CafĂ© in lovely downtown Winter Park, FL, offers a simple solution.


Up With Stick People (above and below)

In the event tourists get lost in its stairwells, an Orlando-area Hampton Inn provides dancing stick figures to help point the way. One visitor, however, apparently thought the directional drawings weren’t quite cheery enough, resulting in this merry modification. See below.



Sign Here

Located off a quiet stretch of Florida’s Turnpike, this four-story sign in Yeehaw Junction has itself become a landmark.


Get the Hint (above)

When I passed the first of two signs that read “Lawtey Speed Trap,” I figured it was an advertisement for some cleverly named retail operation or goodtime roadhouse. It’s a good thing that shortly after seeing said sign – both of the signs are located just outside the Lawtey city limits – the other drivers around me slowed to what seemed a crawl. Fortunately, I took the hint. Come to find out, Lawtey, FL, is reportedly one of two cities designated as a speed traps by the American Automobile Association. Supposedly, the signs were even paid for by AAA’s Autoclub South to warn motorists traveling U.S. Route 301 as it cuts through town.


Thank You for Smoking – Not (below)

The Healthy Bagel Co. in Jacksonville, FL, wants to limit the unhealthy competition.



  1. Richard

    Yeah, that first sign absolutely gets the point across. Thanks for reading. — Richard

    July 19, 2008 at 4:55 pm
  2. cheryl

    These are wonderful. My favorite has got to be the first one!

    July 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm

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