Just a quick post to show that momentum hasn't gone completely from the Carlaw project. Lately, I've been working on one of the signs on the front of the Carlaw Brothers Stone Yard polishing shop. Working with my prototype photo, I matched the sizing and spacing of the original sign, but the lettering style is markedly different. The original had a distinct 1930s art deco feel.
I used a freeware program, Inkscape (www.inkscape.org), to render my sign. I credit the railroad-line forums (www.railroad-line.com) for introducing the program to me - specifically the Chuck Diljak thread about it found here: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=29058 . I also used Inkscape to help spruce up the blog's header illustration.
For the sign I fiddled with different font types and color squares. Since my reference picture is in black and white, I'm just going with whatever color looks good to me. On the left is my color test picture I used to determine how things look when the file is printed out. You can also see where I was testing an art deco style font. Eventually, when I'm happy with everything, the finished sign will be printed on decal paper.
The original sign was painted on the building at ground level. It was about fifteen feet wide and six feet tall. The two windows on the front wall of the shop were a full eight feet above the street level, so this sign easily fit below them.
I've also been working on scratch-building those big doors on the back wall. I'll have more on them soon.
...wherein I write about the research and modeling efforts around my personal history project: the R Street corridor in Sacramento California.
Ultimately my goal is to build a HO scale model railroad layout along three walls of a spare bedroom. As a start, I plan to build one or two modules for the Sacramento Modular Railroaders club. Both the home layout and the modules will be based on how R Street looked in August 1950. The modules will spotlight some of my favorite buildings that I won't be able to fit in my spare bedroom layout. The bedroom layout will cover R street from 2nd street up to about 7th Street.
Along the way I'm happily discovering offshoots and travelling down strange tangents in history triggered by my research on the railroads, industries and people that inhabited R Street.
So, let's explore this gritty industrial corridor and all the facets of history that are connected with it. Your comments and questions are more than welcome. Feel free to contact me at wpcon2008(the at symbol)yahoo.com.