Signs are everywhere. They identify, direct, decorate, inform and promote. On Saturday, April 8, from 11 to 12:30, the Wilton Historical Society will offer a workshop for children about trade signs and dummy boards.
In Colonial America, trade signs, which featured a literal image of the tradesman’s craft, such as boots and shoes for a cobbler, or a mortar and pestle for an apothecary, hung on stores and workshops. They advertised the service or merchandise available, reaching those who could — and could not — read, with artistry, whimsy and humor. Museum educator Lola Chen will talk with the children about the various trades and their symbols.