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In this group we collect information and examples of a particular kind of signs found in shop windows in The Netherlands -- for instance bakeries, high-class clothing stores, and ice cream parlors.

These hand-produced artefacts, painted in white or gold on dark glass surfaces, came from a single source: a family-owned company named Pootjesglas, based at Langestraat 120 in Hilversum. The signs were produced at least until the late 1980s.

Johannes Willem Pootjes (1890-1970) started out as a commercial artist -- painter, illustrator, photographer. Before World War II he started a company in Hilversum specializing in signage named Pootjesglas. He developed his own typeface based on circles and straight lines.

The company was later taken over by his son, Johan Hendrik Pootjes. The family donated much of the company's materials to the Museum Hilversum (Kerkbrink 6).

Examples of original Pootjesglas signs are becoming rare. Please contact this group with your photographs of examples, with addresses if possible.

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