Block Island – Island Outlines

Sign on the side of the hardware store
Sign on the side of the hardware store

I have never been to any island or town that markets and exploits the actual shape of the place more successfully than Block Island does.  You see that shape everywhere and on just about anything you can imagine!

I have heard the shape of the island described numerous times as being something like a pork chop.  Maybe a crooked pear would make sense also.  It helps that the island is situated so perfectly, with Sandy Point at the northern tip pointing very close to due North towards the Rhode Island mainland 13 miles away.

The shape shows up in jewelry, paintings, wood carvings, professional and amateur signage, and on a seemingly endless selection of decals, stickers, and patches.  Sweatshirts, tee-shirts, fleece jackets, polo shirts – everywhere.


The Working Stiff

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