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Signs, you see, are everywhere. And some of them are so famous they’ve become icons in their own right; like the Hollywood sign and McDonald’s Golden Arches. Some signs are so well known, they even have their own Facebook or Twitter page. We kid you not!
After quizzing the Angel Signs team for their favourite iconic signs, as well as the usual suspects, we were pleasantly surprised that some signs closer to home got a well deserved nod.
Not just a worldwide symbol of the entertainment industry, the sign is an international landmark and tourist attraction in its own right. But did you know that this hugely famous sign was originally constructed in 1923 as outdoor signage for a housing development called Hollywoodland? The “land” part was dropped in 1949. After years of decay, the sign was completely rebuilt in 1978 and has undergone several new paint jobs since. Each letter is approximately 43 feet tall and 30 feet wide. That’s some seriously big signage!
One of the most recognised signs in London, and probably the world’s most well known transportation logo, this distinctive signage, with a red disk and blue bar, first appeared in underground station platforms back in 1908. The signage was provided to inform passengers of their location, and over the years London’s iconic transport logo has helped to build the Underground’s corporate identity, making it one of the most recognised signs in the world. The London Underground Roundel as it is also known, has remained practically unchanged since 1912.
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas
A flamboyant city like Las Vegas needs a sign to welcome visitors that is equally flamboyant. Located on Las Vegas Boulevard South, the sign was created in 1959 by Western Neon Company employee Betty Willis, who incidentally also designed the famous Moulin Rouge Hotel sign. It cost around $4,000 to build and install this iconic city sign, which features the words “Drive Carefully” and “Come Back Soon” on the back. The Fabulous Las Vegas sign even has its own Twitter account, with over 48 thousand followers.
The large red and white Dingo Flour sign and mill in North Fremantle became heritage-listed in 2008. The dingo logo, which is painted on the side of the Great Southern Roller Flour Mill, dates back to 1940. According to some myths the dingo was created by Alan Bond when he was working as an apprentice sign writer. However, the four story high image was actually created by artist Les Nash. Alan Bond did work for the sign company in charge of giving the dingo a fresh lick of paint though. To this day the sign is used as a point of reference by anglers and boaters.
McDonald’s Golden Arches
What’s big and yellow and loved by kids worldwide? No, not Big Bird from Sesame Street! It’s the McDonald’s Golden Arches. Known worldwide as the fast-food restaurant’s logo, some people think this famous yellow “M” sign resembles two flexible french fries. Whilst most McDonald’s outlets feature the Golden Arches, a branch in Arizona has a turquoise letter “M” instead, while the Champs-Elysées restaurant in Paris has a neon sign with white arches.
Perth CHOGM sign
Back in October 2011, signage similar to the Hollywood sign popped up on the Esplanade. The sign was built for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), as a means of making sure people watching the TV coverage around the world knew it was being held in little old Perth. After all, with no instantly recognisable landmark (roll on Elizabeth Quay!) Perth didn’t want to miss such a golden opportunity to sell itself to a TV audience in the millions. Sadly the Perth CHOGM sign was only a temporary structure.
So which one’s your favourite?
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