Tickling tastebuds, exciting displays, disappointing notices...blackboard alertsIt is a simple enough object but the attention it garners in the midst of the surroundings gives it a lot of importance. There it is, displayed just outside the entrance to indicate what's being served that day. There it is again, this time inside at a good height on the wall, within the eyesight of every diner, no matter where seated. Your tastebuds are tickled, surely, as you sight the dish of the day or some special soup or yummy dessert. Yes, you guessed right; it's the blackboard menu in a restaurant. It is not just seen in the old iconic restaurants that are still around with their simple decor, but even contemporary ones of today that are going back to the drawing board, so to say. Somebody will be assigned to meticulously write a list of a few of the dishes or just the one which is the dish that will be served on that particular day. A dash of colour and a bit of artistry may give it a special touch, too.
Now, let's see, aren't there other places as well, where a blackboard is a functional object? Think of a museum with the painted text on a blackboard explaining what's on display. Think of the large blackboard outside a garments shop shouting out to you about the sale inside that is for a limited period only - hurry! Then there is the small blackboard in the shop window with just a single word 'Closed'. Hugely disappointing, when you rushed there to buy something in particular.
As you can see, a blackboard need not be just an educational tool inside a place of learning. It dispenses knowledge and provides information wherever it is in the space it occupies. One object, many sizes, varied frames - all great alerts.
[This is an entry for the Topic based TOW contest.]