Trust a city as cool as Berlin to have a museum housing letters salvaged from store and factory name signs. The Museum of Letters, better known as Buchstabenmuseum, is a non-profit organization founded in 2005 with the goal of preserving and documenting typography and signage.
They collect letter forms from all origins and languages for their public exhibitions. To promote typography and signage rescued from a rubbish dump death, they host events to develop appreciation for the items they display. It is heart warming to know that at least some of the beautiful signage disappearing from old shopfronts end up in a safe new home.