Below you have an early 19th century advert painted on the side of a building, where a typical modern, real-estate "for sale" sign is now hung.
Because the French learn to read & write in cursive before they learn to print you will often find signs written in their beautiful French script.
Some signs need no words at all, as the examples below.
One is either curious about what is within, or knows immediately what to expect.
My favorite of all the old faded signs would have to be this one, now barley visible.
It was, as you can see from the plaque below, an 18 th century auberge called
" Au lion d' or ".
To me these remnants of the past are so beautiful. Sadly, they are in danger of disappearing forever.