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American Sign Museum restores storefront camera shop signage.
The storefront of the former Loomis Camera Co., a camera shop in Elyria, OH.

The American Sign Museum (Cincinnati) is presently concentrating on restoring signs, some of which have been on the “waiting list” for quite a while, per museum founder/curator Tod Swormstedt. A recent project was the storefront of The Loomis Camera Co., a camera shop in Elyria, OH that closed its doors in 2012.

Loomis Camera owner Harold Foxman donated the sign to the museum that same year. “The original sign was a rather folksy collage of various sign components, including the camera as well as a readerboard, a set of backlit plastic letters, two painted plywood panels, and a sheet-metal channel frame,” Swormstedt said. He added that the museum is in possession of most of the entire storefront sign.

A close-up of the camera portion of the storefront signage for the former The Loomis Camera Co.

A close-up of the camera portion of the storefront signage for the former The Loomis Camera Co.

Signs of the Times August 2020

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