Friday, February 17, 2006

Signs and Wonders

Here’s another. This one may be my favorite of all. The larger banner says “Crown Coat Front Co.” and the smaller sign to the right reads “mfgr’s of civilian and military coat fronts A clear enough message, but so much more is left unsaid. Why mfgr coat fronts and not the whole coat? Were there other companies that made coat backs? Does coat mfgr remain as highly specialized today? I’m just getting started.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I taken a picture of this one:
A theatre in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, since closed, had 2 screens. On one, they were showing a series of avant-garde films from Israel , which they called the "Israeli Film Festival," on the other, a single movie called "Senseless".

The theatre sign read "Senseless Israeli Film Festival."

I passed it daily on my bus home from work, and they didn't notice, I guess, because the sign didn't change until they changed movies.

9:58 AM  
Blogger Lemon Squirrel said...

I looked up the Crown Coat Front company, and found out that they sued the Federal government in 1967, for failing to make good on a contract six years after the fact. The court ruled their claim was still timely, though it is unclear if the U.S. government ever paid the unfortunate Crown Coat Front mfgrs. But maybe that's why they could only afford to make coat fronts, and not backs?

12:10 PM  
Blogger the chocolate doctor מרת שאקאלאד said...

LIndy, I may have atended some film festivals that ought to have been so named.

Lemon Squirrel,
Thanks for the research! Could be that was it.

11:09 PM  

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