The Coca Cola sign on this building was made from an image I got from Bing Images and printed on tissue. You can see it is an effective way to make a decal at no cost that is unique to your model. You can size the images to fit your specific application. Creating something specific to the era or location is easy.
The tissue idea sounds fine. Have you ever tried printing the signs, etc. on clear decal paper? This is available from Micro Scale (best I have used) and others. It might help to line up several images to print at one time. I have used this method for several years and like the way the signs look and the ease of use...well, it is a decal.
Decal paper is $2.95 for an 8 by 11 sheet. Scratchbuilding? Whatever do you mean? Money in Texas? How much social security is needed to pay bills, gasoline, food, this n' that, and still build a layout? Oh, I forgot...we are ALL rich here because we live in Texas, everybody else wishes they could! LOL
Hi Bob et al: I have been watching this thread and appreciate the fine work here and throughout the forums. Question - where did you come up with the geneseo name? We live in Livonia NY which is south of Rochester and 6 miles from Geneseo ny where a fine branch of the State university of NY is located. I am told that the name geneseo is derived from the river that flows through the valley (genesee) which has its roots in the native Seneca (iroquois). Again thanks for the posting of this and other work you have done.
Thanks Mike: There are most likely several genesee's throughout the country. We also have a regional brewery by that name which does produce a fine 12 horse ale and a seasonal boch beer amongst others. A small railway based on supplying a decent sized brewery and or wine production facilities (aka the finger lakes region where we live) might be quite interesting - just thinking.