The Hand-Painted Food Signs Archive is a growing collection of photographs of food signs from across the United States and beyond. The HPFSA seeks to collect, preserve, and analyze this form of vernacular painting.

As an ethnographic mapping project, the HPFSA hopes to collect examples of stylistic variations and make connections between how different cultures and social classes consider, and thus represent, food.  It is project that exists at the intersection of food, painting, and travel.

Only a portion of the food signs in the Archive are posted so far, but the site is a work in progress. Special thanks to the Tucson Pima Arts Council for the help in funding a portion of the HPFSA through the New Works Grant Initiative.

I hope you enjoy looking around!
Noah Saterstrom, HPFSA


To Subscribe:  Would you like to receive an email when a new food sign is posted?  Send an email to me noahsaterstrom@gmail.com with “HPFSA” in the subject line and I’ll add you to the list.

To Add a Photo to the Archive:  If you have a photograph of a hand-painted food sign you would like to add to the archive, please send it to me at noahsaterstrom@gmail.com with your name (if you wish to be credited) and the location of the food sign.  Thank you!