Bucks’ Own

Solve the cryptogram to find a quote by Margaret Mead. Kudos if you know the name of the streets at the intersection in Doylestown where this sign is located (without googling it).



Photo by Bailey Fucanan.

Photo by Bailey Fucanan.

— Jodi Thompson

Oh, What a Beautiful Morning!

oscar hammersteinThis sign commemorates the primary home of Oscar Hammerstein II from 1940 until his death in 1960. Do you know the name of the Bucks County borough where this sign sits? Kudos if you can name the street where this sign sits and/or the two musicals for which Hammerstein, along with Richard Rodgers, won the Pulitzer Prize.

— Jodi Thompson

Mummers Crossing


Do you know the name of the town where this sign stands?

This sign isn’t in Philadelphia, where you’re more likely to see Mummers crossing, especially around Broad Street on New Year’s Day. No, this sign is in Bucks County, near the home of a certain string band that has participated in the Mummers Parade since 1938. When practicing, the string band members are known to cross the street to the fire station parking lot, hence the sign.

According to its website, the band was originally based in North West Philadelphia, and moved to Bucks County in 1990. It merged with another string band the next year.

This signage begs three questions: 1) In which small town does this sign stand? 2) Near which string band home is it located? 3) Which string band merged with it in 1991? Answers to all three questions will be posted soon.

— Jodi Thompson

San Francisco That-a-way

bridge sign

Which bridge boasts this fabulous sign? Feel free to respond via comments.

This sign has always been one of my favorites. It sits on the Pennsylvania side of one of my favorite bridges. When the bridge was refurbished a few years ago, I was concerned the sign would disappear. It didn’t. The sign I adore, but don’t comprehend, still stands.

No Horses

Note: Horses Not Permitted on Bridge

I can appreciate pointing to New York, but why San Francisco? Indeed the cities are at nearly the same latitude (about a 3 degree difference). Is that the reasoning behind the sign, or is there another rationale? I like to think that’s the cover the sign maker used when, in truth, the City by the Bay is where he left his heart.

— Jodi Thompson