Most places these days use slick laser-cut vinyl letters and plastic signs to get their point across; however, in many parts of the world, hand-lettering is still the way to go. Not that it has any possibility of dying out in the near future; but, the kind folks at Typarchive collect them and post them, sorted by geographic location. Here are some the coolest examples of hand-lettering in their collection.
Also, these are all mostly exterior. Hopefully they’ll add other letterforms in the near feature. Enjoy!