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Pickled Pig

The Pickled Pig, at 2639 Main Street (New York State Route 86) in Lake Placid, New York, an artisan pub with a Southern flair, has only been open for a couple years, but I’m loving this sign!

Chez Piggy Restaurant & Bar

Chez Piggy Restaurant & Bar at 68 Princess St, Kingston, ON

Coca Cola – Relieves Fatigue!

Coca-Cola ghost sign on the side of a brick building at 144 Court Street (U.S. Route 11) in Binghamton, New York. “Delicious and refreshing – Relieves Fatigue” … because it used to contain trace amounts of cocaine. Coca-Cola didn’t become completely cocaine-free until 1929.

5 & 10 Variety Store

Found on James Street in Alexandria Bay, New York

Danny’s Diner in Binghamton, New York

Danny’s Diner, at 151 Main Street in Binghamton, New York, is a classic Sterling model from 1939. According to Roadfood.com, “Danny’s is very popular today, due in large part, we’re sure, to the efforts of owner Pam, whose personality is a perfect complement to Danny’s. Danny and Pam were once married, and when that marriage ended, Danny’s became Pam’s (in ownership, if not in name).”

Red Robin Diner Revisited

I first came across this old diner at the corner of Main and Broad streets in Johnson City, New York last winter. It was closed then, but looks like it’s reopened. The Red Robin Diner, at 268 Main Street, is a classic Mountain View-style diner that originally opened in neighboring Binghamton in 1950 and moved to its present location in 1959. The 35-ton diner took two hours to move. Chris and Pat Anagnostakos ran the business for 37 years until retirement. I love everything about this place, from the vintage 7-Up sign to the neon lights and chrome exterior.

Faux-Vintage Photos from Gettysburg

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I got creative with these photos from my recent trip to Gettysburg National Military Park, editing them in a vintage style in Adobe Lightroom. I like the way they turned out and feel encouraged to be a little more artistic with the way I edit my photos. What do you think?

Adirondack Motels and Motor Inns

New York State established the 6.1 million acre Adirondack Park in 1885. This picturesque region of the Adirondack Mountain Range is home to 102 towns and villages and approximately 132,000 people. Seven to ten million tourists flock to this area annually to enjoy hunting, camping, boating, and fishing in the summer, skiing and snowboarding in winter, and to see the beautiful autumn colors in the fall.

Many old motor inns, lodges, and motels sprung up to cater to seasonal tourists, especially around Lake Placid. Lake Placid, New York was home to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics and sits in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. Many of these motels still have old signs advertising luxuries like air conditioning and color TV. I love these vintage signs, rich with character and charm.