One vanishing art that can still be studied in the interstices of the assault of global retail is vernacular typography.
All over the world, there are cities and towns that retain their rich traditions of vernacular signage. Unfortunately, the fate of these typographic havens is being threatened by the uniformity of corporate advertising, which ignores and subverts local history and tradition.
Visit Vernacular Typography for further information and interesting images around the world. You can also donate to support the project.