Shop signs around Europe

It seems everywhere we travel in Europe we find ornate signs hanging outside of shops. I try to always snap a photo without backing up sidewalk traffic too much. I recently realized I had more than 20 of such photos in my reserve, so today I’m featuring 11 of my favorites. Enjoy!

Prague
Prague
Prague
Prague
Prague
Prague
Prague
Prague
Annecy, France
Annecy, France
Geneva
Geneva
Amsterdam
Amsterdam–and yes, this was for a button shop!
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Geneva
Sundial in Geneva–they love their clocks!
Geneva
Geneva

I don’t remember seeing many signs like these in the States. I’m not sure about their history (is it just a European thing?) and why they may have fallen out of fashion at some point. In Southern California we have a wealth of fun, mid-century signage–especially neon signs. In Las Vegas, there is even a neon sign museum. Are there shop signs where you live?

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