Shop Signs


Spitalfields Life has published a series of pieces documenting East End shop fronts, in support of the campaign against the forthcoming rise in business rates across the area. I have picked one photo from each piece and would encourage a proper browse of all of […]

East End Shops from Spitalfields Life


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I’ve recently subscribed to Shopfrontelegy, a post-per-day blog from Vici MacDonald, the photographer and publisher behind Formerly. Given my recent interest in ‘fading fascias‘ the blog has been compulsive reading/viewing, with a collection of shopfront photography going back many years. It should probably come with […]

The Fantastic World of Shopfrontelegy


The Circulating Library sign from Bath is certainly one of the most popular and regularly photographed ghostsigns in the UK [See comments on this post for some more on this sign]. However, this is the first time I’ve seen it appear in watercolour. This painting […]

Lyndsey Smith and the signs of Bath and Lewes



Large sign above American diner 1
Bennie Frazier’s retro fashion store in Sweetwater, Texas, is an unlikely home for a collection of original artworks from Bill Martin, late resident of the same town. These depict the colourful roadside signs that once characterised American highways, often using neon and sometimes as big […]

American Roadside sign art from Bill Martin


Hand painted sign on a former milk bar in Australia
This is one of the shop signs found in this article which profiles the decline in Melbourne’s Milk Bars, retail outlets that once dotted the streets.  The article features a collection of 22 other shop signs and fascias and was spotted by Stef on the […]

Melbourne’s Milk Bars and the signs that adorned them


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





After You've Gone East End shopfront photo from Alan Dein
I’m gutted I won’t be able to visit this exhibition (pdf flyer below) of Alan Dein‘s late 1980s images of shop fronts in Tower Hamlets.  If anyone writes a review then let me know and I’ll link to it here.  (Hat tip to Lorna at […]

Photographic exhibition of East End shop fronts opens today (via ...



Stencilled sign on wall saying not to park because of lorries loading and unloading 1
I’ve recently been in regular contact with Geraldine Marshall whose project, Graphic DNA, caught my attention.  It is the topic of her PhD thesis, under the supervision of Dr Caroline Archer.  I took the opportunity, before she gets too busy, to ask Geraldine some questions […]

Graphic DNA documents the visual language of the street