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.
I might have hoped that this one was referring to me, until I saw the tall, blonde and gorgeous potato chips. 😦
This road sign in San Pedro looked quite promising.
That was until we saw the restaurant. 😦
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. 🙂
New York City has billboards plastered all over the place,
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.
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.
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?
Times Square billboards was my definite favorite!! Well done. 🙂
Thanks so much, Di. 🙂
Ali Baba’s parking lot beats all 😀 You have such a flair for creating fun posts Sylvia!
Thanks so much, Madhu. I’m glad you enjoy my sense of fun. 🙂
Ali Baba’ s Secured parking does sound very secure indeed 😀 Wonderful gallery, Sylvia!
Thanks, Ese. The parking looked anything but secure. 🙂
Not that many billboards in Norway, although a few in the largest cities. Great and fun series 🙂
Thanks so much, Inga. 🙂
Exciting billboards. That talk, gorgeous and blond got my attention!
Thanks, IT. Yes it grabbed my attention too. 🙂
Those are as what can be seen in my country, Billboards are everywhere. Great photos!
Thanks so much. Billboards are everywhere like a rash, but thankfully not too many in my area. 🙂
I love the Majestic… And, I love Ali Baba’s secure parking. What a fun post, Sylvia.
So glad you thought so, George. I enjoy a bit of comedy too. 🙂
A wide variety of ads, ad. 🙂 Cool shots!
Thanks, Gemma. Glad you enjoyed them. 🙂
Great contrast of styles!
Glad you enjoyed, Frank. 🙂
very enjoyable….the whole of Manhattan is one mighty billboard
Thanks a lot. Yes, it is.
Love the billboards…
Thanks, bulldog. 🙂
Love your billboards ad 🙂
Thanks, Hopestar. 🙂
Some really interesting and funny billboards – lovely post as always Sylvia!
Take care and regards
Thanks so much, Gail. xx 🙂
Love the iconic Hollywood sign. Sounds untouchable, which is a good thing. Enjoyed your examples.:)
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. 🙂
Great shots! I bet you had fun capturing these signs! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much, Lola. Lots of fun. 🙂
This is great and I love your observation about the restaurant in Bolivia having electricity!
Thanks, Babsje. 😀
Thanks, Ed. 🙂
Funny post. I did a have a laugh with the “Be aware of pickPackets” and the “Ali Baba’s secured parking” 🙂
Thanks, YC. Glad I gave you some chuckles. 🙂
Great fun! Did you find the 40 Thieves at Ali Baba’s place?
Thanks, Col. WE didn’t give the forty thieves a chance to get their hands on our car or our dinner money. 🙂
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.
Thanks, John. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
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” 🙂
Hahaha. I’d love to see you trying to hide a 45 foot letter D up your jumper, Jo. 😀
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.
In that case, we were right not to go and eat there. The car park was empty, except for a rusty old car up on bricks. 🙂
Ali baba’s secure parking – yeah right!
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…
Thanks, Heather. Maybe they don’t . 🙂
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. 🙂
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? 🙂
Terrific world wide views Sylvia!
Thanks, Phil. Maybe the hotel guests end up paying for everyone’s electricity. 🙂
3.6million for a sign – that’s obscene!
Definitely so, Gilly. 😦
Brilliant way of capturing the moment!
Thanks, Rebecca. 🙂
Good ones AD 😉
The Mickey D ads were well thought out – no wonder so many people eat it!
Thanks so much. 🙂
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!
Yes it is. I wouldn’t know anything about McDonalds and their lack of Heinz ketchup. 😀