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In a time of the signs for Boston’s mayoral candidates, the meaning of blue, red, and font size

Campaign signs competed for attention on a fence along Dorchester Avenue on Thursday.
Campaign signs competed for attention on a fence along Dorchester Avenue on Thursday.Credit: Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe

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Tens of thousands have taken hold across Boston like an invasive species, clinging to fences, stuck to buildings, taped inside shop windows, stapled to trees, plunked in lawns.

They are red, white, and blue, mostly blue, and adorned with stripes or random constellations of stars. Most important? The name, screamed in letters large enough to read from a passing car.

Political yard signs have inundated Boston as 12 candidates scrap and scrape for votes in the most volatile mayor’s race in decades. And then there are the 49 City Council candidates.

In this time of the signs, a font choice can suggest decisiveness, warmth, or a new direction. Color selection hints at which candidate might play it safe and who is a rebel.

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