This apartment building at 3rd Avenue and East 94th Street leaves no doubt about what the cross-street is.
Looking at this sign, I think about typographic styles, especially the one used for the ’9.’ It occurs to me that no one writes or creates number 9′s like this anymore, typographically speaking, with that especially small doughnut hole in the top part of the number. If you go to the 96th Street Broadway subway station (built in 1904) you also find 9′s like this. It just went out of style.
How many of you, when writing, make 4′s like this? In grade school when the nuns taught us to write, the other way, a letter L with an I through it, seemed to be the preferred method, but I always made 4′s like this, since you never have to lift the pencil or pen off the paper to do it.
Is there such a thing as fashion in writing styles?