Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Close, but no cigar

Close, but no cigar
I love funky signs and this is one that my sister spotted as we strolled down South Street in Philadelphia today.

The phrase, 'close, but no cigar' and 'nice try, but no cigar', originated in the US around the mid 1900's when fairground stalls gave out cigars as prizes. I mean, just in case you were wondering.

13 comments:

Char said...

great find

Caroline said...

What a great sign!

Mary said...

that is wonderful!

erin said...

a fab capture...

Mental P Mama said...

I always learn stuff hanging out around you;)

Daryl said...

Uh oh, watch out for the ash!

Fabulous find ...

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Well now I know! Thanks chickie!

Nice shot BTW!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Such a good picture. I hate cigar smoke and when seeing the picture, I could remember the smell of my old bosses cigar.

Funny what triggers the senses.

Ramona

kacey said...

Love that!! Oh, cool about how the saying started too.

Ashley said...

What a great image! And so interesting about how the phrase started. Thanks for sharing!

Laura @ OurHouseOfJoyfulNoise.com said...

Actually, I WAS wondering! Thanks for that educational little tidbit! And I agree...that's a pretty original sign!

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elk said...

what an eye catcher for sure!