Sign exhibit, reception at antique co-op

MILFORD – New Hampshire Antique Co-op, 323 Elm St., is pleased to present “From Diners to Detectives: American Vintage & Antique Signs,” a retrospective exhibit and sale of advertising signs from the 1800s to the present. Celebrating signage forms in America, this exhibit showcases a wide variety of materials employed by sign makers of today and yesteryear: hand-carved and gilded wood, hand-painted tin, printed broadsides, fabricated chrome, fired porcelain, electricity and more.

This summer visit the Tower Gallery at New Hampshire Antique Co-op to view this eye-

catching colorful collection of signs and advertising ephemera from the 19th and 20th centuries and learn more about the different types and techniques of sign making over the past 150 years.

A reception will be held on Sunday, July 30 from 1-3 p.m. in the Upstairs Gallery at New Hampshire Antique Co-op. Enjoy an afternoon of diner-inspired festive fare and refreshments while touring this fun exhibit of original signs advertising everything from food and fashion to farms and agriculture.

From “Diners to Detectives: American Vintage & Antique Signs” highlights a wide range of signage graphics as well as a variety of typography styles and hand-lettered fonts. Using materials such as paper, cardboard, wood, tin, steel, porcelain and neon, sign makers in the United States employed a wide variety of techniques to create their works. Signage is initially intended to be practical and functional for commercial use, yet ultimately is artful in composition and execution. These vintage and antique signs, like paintings or photographs, offer a glimpse into times gone by.

The exhibit will be on view in the Tower Gallery at New Hampshire Antique Co-op from July 8-Sept. 30, 2017.

New Hampshire Antique Co-op is located 1.5 miles west of the Milford Oval at 323 Elm Street, Milford. For more information, call 673-8499 or visit online at www.nh

– Submitted by New Hampshire Antique Co-op