Reflecting on Dollars and Cents

There was a time – and maybe there still is – when retailers did their utmost to focus consumer attention on their prices in graphically exciting ways. Price signs were set in lovely typefaces or were elegantly hand lettered, then printed on handsome paper, cardboard and other surfaces. Some were etched on metal others, like those above from the 1930s, were printed on glass with mirrored surfaces to reflect the light and add an insouciant glow. It was important to highlight the dollars and cents symbols: So look at the variations found in this collection. By the way, what can you get for 20 cents these days? Even these signs are now priceless.

3 thoughts on “Reflecting on Dollars and Cents

  1. Richard Salcer

    Yet another arcane cornucopia of clever commercial ephemera. Hey, Steven, where you find this stuff? As tempting as the vision may be, I don’t think you’re actually stalking the streets with a Kodak Brownie in your hand – or are you?