Signs in America's Auto Age: Signatures of Landscape and Place (American Land and Life Series)
John A. JakleISBN: 0877458901;
Book DescriptionSigns orient, inform, persuade, and regulate. They help give meaning to our natural and human-built environment, to landscape and place. In Signs in America?s Auto Age, cultural geographer John Jakle and historian Keith Sculle explore the ways in which we take meaning from outdoor signs and assign meaning to our surroundings?the ways we "read" landscape. With an emphasis on how the use of signs changed as the nation?s geography reorganized around the coming of the automobile, Jakle and Sculle consider the vast array of signs that have evolved since the beginning of the twentieth century. Using a rich archive of trade and professional magazines along with existing academic literature and the landscape itself, Jakle andSculle offer compelling images and commentary on commercial and regulatory signs in both downtown and roadside settings. They explore how reading and displaying signs contribute to our sense of community and our sense of self, the...
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