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Bowery Dingbats | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Bowery Dingbats

Bowery dingbat: cryptic stencil sticker

Bowery dingbat: the fancy liquor poster pattern

Bowery dingbat: the where things get done icon

Bowery dingbat: this is where you can plug in your radio icon

Bowery dingbat: close box

Bowery dingbat: water in case there's fire image

Bowery dingbat: the number of feet away one should stand away from sign

Bowery dingbat: this way up mattress box

Bowery dingbat: decorative cage on window image

Bowery dingbat: love can be found on this street icon

First there was the architecture of Bowery, then came the typeface of Bowery, the extension of that is the dingbats of Bowery. A dingbat is not to be confused with those that are walking on Bowery to the New Museum, but “is an ornament, character or spacer used in typesetting”. There’s a lot to classify so I picked a handful that Madison and I saw on our walk this morning on our favourite walking street—Bowery. There’s the cryptic stencil sticker, the fancy liquor poster pattern, the where things get done icon (not to be confused with you’re only allowed one phone call), this is where you can plug in your radio icon, love can be found on this street icon, close box, water in case there’s fire image, the number of feet away one should stand away from sign, this way up mattress box, and the decorative cage on window image. There’s probably a couple that I missed so I’ll have to keep my eyes open tomorrow when I go back.

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