Ed’s Sunday Stills: Billboards


This week’s challenge, Billboards and Road Advertisements, is quite a fun one. I have lots of pics of signs, although very few which would qualify as billboards.

I did spot these in London, and I thought this McDonalds one was quite good.

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I might have hoped that this one was referring to me, until I saw the tall, blonde and gorgeous potato chips. 😦

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This road sign in San Pedro looked quite promising.

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That was until we saw the restaurant. 😦

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If you happen to be looking for a majestic hotel in Bolivia, you’ve come to the right place. It looks like they have electricity. πŸ™‚

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New York City has billboards plastered all over the place,

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and Times Square must be the ultimate billboard paradise, commanding the highest prices in the world for advertising there. Last year, Dunkin’ Donuts paid $3.6 million for one digital sign there.

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I think the most iconic and well known billboard has to be the Hollywood sign, which was designed by an Englishman and constructed in 1923. It was originally meant to only last for 18 months until the lots for a new real estate development called ‘Hollywoodland’, were all sold. It’s undergone many changes and improvements over the years, and today, has its own trust fund and a ton of security which involves razor wire, infrared technology, 24 hour monitoring, motion sensors, alarms and helicopter patrols.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my billboards for Ed’s Sunday Stills Challenge. It’s open until next Sunday, so why not do your own billboard post?

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60 comments on “Ed’s Sunday Stills: Billboards

    • Thanks so much, Lynne. I read that once upon a time, people could hike up to the Hollywood billboard, but now it’s more like Fort Knox, with all the security. πŸ™‚

  1. It’s almost a right of passage for first time visitors to LA. You must see “the sign”. This is a great gallery, especially those from Mickey D’s.

  2. I had no idea about the security etc for the Hollywood sign, Ad! Seems a little extreme. I’ve a good mind to go and try to pinch the “D” πŸ™‚

  3. Regarding the Ali Baba restaurant, I’m reminded of something my father-in-law says – When looking for a restaurant, pick the one with the full parking lot.

  4. great collection of billboards/signs AD…I wonder how the power company keeps all the power lines separate in the Hotel Majestic photo…incredible photo…

  5. Who knew a billboard could need such protection? Thank goodness many of the roadside billboards have been regulated. They were much more of an eyesore at one time. I don’t know about other folks, but I’ve become so inured to all the signage, that I don’t actually see it anymore. Much like tuning out commercials on TV.

    • I suppose it’s because it’s world famous that it needs protection. The places where you go to take your photos are so peaceful and sign-free. I also tune out commercials on TV, but then I don’t watch much at all. πŸ™‚

  6. I wonder how many of the many people that are connected to the lines along with the Hotel Majestic are actually paying for the electricity? Anyone? πŸ™‚
    Terrific world wide views Sylvia!

  7. I love the McDonald’s billboard, too. Clever indeed. Although I’m currently mad at them because they are getting rid of Heinz ketchup. I realize that I have a lot of time on my hands to be upset over ketchup. The Hollywood sign is the ultimate billboard, indeed!

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