HAT Archive

Blog post related to the development, launch and update of the History of Advertising Trust (HAT) Ghostsigns Archive



Painted advertisement on a gable end for Puck Matches
This fascinating archival image is part of a larger collection of outdoor advertising captured photographically in the early 1930s and donated to the History of Advertising Trust (HAT) by Alan Bristow. This particular gable end in Pendleton features a painted sign advertising Puck Matches, which […]

Puck Matches: Archival Photo of a Gable End


Sam Roberts presenting at St Bride Institute
[If you can’t view to show above, visit it here on the MyPlick site.] Judging by the ‘tweetback’ (see below), last month’s illustrated talk, ‘Ghostsigns at St Bride‘, was well received. Zoë Chan of überbaby also posted a review following previews in Creative Review and […]

Highlights from Ghostsigns at St Bride





Hand painted sign on building for W.E.Baxter Ltd Printers Bookbinders Stationers 1
A number of new additions have been made to the History of Advertising Trust Ghostsigns Archive.  Some of these are new photos of signs already covered in the archive but many are completely new material for the collection.  Here are a handful of my favourite […]

HAT Archive: January 2012 Additions



Laura Carletti Certificate
Congratulations to Laura Carletti who took home an award for her presentation of the most recent paper on the Ghostsigns Project at the Digital Engagement conference in Newcastle.  The paper is available for download here, with the following note regarding copyright: “Permission to make digital […]

Ghostsigns Research from Laura Carletti Scoops Award



Hand painted advertising on a building for various motoring brands
Since handing over day-to-day responsibility for the archive to the History of Advertising Trust there has been a steady influx of new material. 49 new signs have been uploaded to the online galleries and this means that c.750 are now documented through the collective efforts […]

49 New Signs







Watermans Ideal Fountain Pen
“Change is inevitable – except from a vending machine.” Robert C. Gallagher Cambodia As some of you will have heard, things are changing in my life and, consequently, with the Ghostsigns Project. This coming Thursday I will be travelling to Cambodia to join my wife […]

Change


Bile Beans: Balm Road, Leeds Photographer: Richard Turner In my speech at the HAT archive launch I said that I felt it would be just the start of an ongoing documentation of hand painted advertising of old. Sure enough, the archive and associated publicity surrounding […]

Summer 2010