Chalkboards are the traditional signs of preference for sellers of fresh fruits and vegetables in Europe's street markets. They say your offerings are fresh and healthy. A chalkboard can convey any message with personality, warmth and style.
History and use of chalkboards:
Chalkboards, prior to the 1950's, had been made primarily out of slate. Slate chalkboards gave way to the porcelain on steel chalkboards that were used in schools in the United States during the baby boom era. Porcelain chalkboards began to fall out of favor in schools in the mid 1990's, as they were replaced by dry erase boards.
Chalk itself is comprised almost entirely of calcium carbonate. The calcium carbonate is ground, reformulated with a few dyes and binders, formed, and baked in kilns to produce the chalk sticks that are currently used on chalkboards. Non-porous porcelain chalkboards can also be used with water based wet erase markers.
While chalkboards are no longer frequently installed in schools, they have become very popular in restaurants, and in retail, particularly in the grocery trade. They are a hallmark in coffee shops, smoothie shops, and other food and restaurant establishments, that have frequently changing menus. Chalkboards provide a personal feel, than more commercial retail signage, and lend themselves to greater artistic expression. Chalkboards are are also more affordable than their alternatives.
Chalkboards are no longer widely distributed, and can be hard to find locally. That is why billyBoards has become a leading internet retailer of chalkboards.