Painted Lettering

Painted lettering in its many forms, including signwriters and signpainters at work, signboards, showcards, experimental and more.



Painted sign on a wall for A.v.Wees Cola Drink
Last month I visited Amsterdam as part of my work on Better Letters. (Read more about it here, including lots more photos of lettering and signage.) While there I saw a number of ghostsigns, including many that have been repainted as part of the work […]

Ghostsigns in Amsterdam & Some Repainted





Fading shop fascia for F.C.Osborn Bookseller 1
This beautiful shop fascia was recently revealed on Dalston Lane, Hackney, London, as part of renovations to the shop by a new tenant. (Thanks Bryce for tipping me off!). The following photos show some of the detail of this sign for F.C.Osborn, Bookseller, who occupied […]

F.C. Osborn and the Fading Fascias


Hand-painted shop fascia for D.Appell 2
Ghostsigns are regularly revealed by property development and the updating or removal of billboards. This is the first instance I’ve come across of the weather, in this case the wind, leading to a shop fascia becoming visible once again. The ‘Valentine’s Day Storm’ last Friday […]

D.Appell Fascia Revealed by the Valentine’s Day Storm



Clipping from Letterheads magazine showing Coca-Cola ghostsign in negative 4
Following the talk at St Bride, a chain of events led to Ash at Brilliant Signs, via Stewart at McLaren Signs, sending me a copy of Letterheads Magazine from 1998. I’d expressed an interest because of the big centre spread showing lots of ghostsigns. However, […]

Mirrored Ghostsign from Portland, Oregon


Raja Painter Horn Please by Shantanu Suman 9
Horn Please is a short film by directors Shantanu Suman and Istling Mirche, all about the bright and colourful hand-painted trucks that fuel India‘s massive goods transportation system. It is an insightful and captivating expose of this fascinating cultural phenomenon, touching on the history of truck […]

Horn Please and the wonderful world of India’s hand-painted trucks


No.2 Sign Painting shop from Greatest Wonder of the World Exhibition
While on my recent travels I was lucky enough to stumble upon The Greatest Wonder of the World exhibition at the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. The banner outside in big gold letters of various scripts obviously attracted my attention, and […]

The Greatest Wonder of the World







Sign Painters book cover by Ira Coyne 1
The Signpainter Movie project have just released this cover design for the book to accompany the film. Hand painted by Ira Coyne (featured previously here) it has certainly whetted my appetite for the planned October launch date. Visit the project blog to read more about […]

Sign Painters book cover painted by Ira Coyne





Sylvanian Families Shop Fascia by Nick Garrett 2
Having grown up just round the corner on Queen’s Drive it always intrigued me that such a niche shop as the Sylvanian Families store would have their premises in the Highbury/Finsbury Park back street of Mountgrove Road.  I even remember the ending to their old TV commercials, ‘Sylvanian […]

Sylvanian Families sign repainted in Highbury