Anne Callahan


A documentary project that entails driving on a familiar route and recording signage in written transcripts or audio.

Guidelines for participants:

Read signs out loud in a clear voice. Lower your voice for questions or conversation.

Prioritize commercial, institutional or residential signs, followed by traffic signs. Billboards become the lowest priority if they are so abundant that reading them all would dominate the recording.

Try to read as much of the text on a sign as possible, including addresses and phone numbers.

Overlap is ok. Keep reading.

Sign recordings have been completed in northeast Ohio (2011, 2013) and western Pennsylvania (2012), USA.

For deposit in local historical collections; for diffusion on late night radio.