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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Reconstructing Cape Breton 'Human Health Hazard' Sign

Sydney, Cape Breton has for several years gotten an iconic symbol for its industrial past. Whether or not it's bad for tourism, the infamous 'Human Health Hazard' signs that used to be put up all over North Sydney often came to mind when Sydney was mentioned. Around 2009 the signs were removed, likely sent off to a dump somewhere... and it is extremely difficult to find a clear photo of one:

All these photos are very blurry or the sign is covered by the chain-link fence it is attached to.

This was an attempt to 'rescue' the sign by drawing it on Microsoft Paint. It's not the closest but it's okay.

Then there's the design I did for the back cover of my novel Smog City, which I drew on MS Paint and has the same 'Human Health Hazard' sign on the back:

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Sydney, Steel Center of Eastern Canada Sign Restored

I was looking for some photographs of a road sign that used to be in Sydney Nova Scotia that read, 'SYDNEY, STEEL CENTER OF EASTERN CANADA'. Unfortunately the only photos of it I could find were very blurred:

Here is one:
It looks okay on a smaller scale but isn't very clear when enlarged. Another one was this one:

This one is even less clear than the first!

I assume the sign was taken down and sent to some scrap heap after the closure of the Sydney Steel Corporation, which is very disappointing...

However, there still is hope, I recovered the image!

This image is much clearer, I have it in high resolution. It was redrawn on Microsoft Paint (Windows 7). Basically I just extracted colors from the above two photographs, drew the sign and used a stencil of the province of Nova Scotia. The letters are a font that comes with Microsoft, Arial Black.

History recovered! :)