Sunday, July 28, 2013

A sneak peek at the big map and board for my signwriting project, soon to be displayed at a Yarraville cafe

The image below is a scaled-down first mockup of an arial map of the western suburbs of Melbourne, with records of Lewis & Skinner signwriting jobs from those areas placed around its perimeter.

The arial photos come from a 1945 arial survey undertaken of Melbourne and available here:

This map will be printed as a two-metre wide display for Lady Moustache cafe at 84 Gamon Street Yarraville, alongside a bunch of original documents and signwriting equipment. The exhibition, which will run from September 30 to October 4, will also feature live signwriting from Tony Mead on the wall of the cafe. More info to follow soon.

 Lisa (project coordinator) is still to put in lines from the signwriting items to places on the map - but you get the idea :)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

First ghost sign from the town where I grew up - thank you Karen

Thank you to Karen,  former classmate from Whyalla Town Primary School, for letting me post her brilliant pics of the equally brilliant former Gulf Aviation Service shed, located next to what is now the Whyalla wetlands:

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A few more ghost signs from all over the place

Here are....

...two from country Victoria (Maryborough and Majorca), courtesy of Geoff:


 ...a few from north Essendon:

Not a ghost sign but oldish and likeable.

Awesome but hard to snap without a zoom. Looks like two signs:  a plane at the front and something MOTOR at the back close as I could get without being run over.
 ...Footscray, from the car:

...Ascot Vale:

says Dim Sims. Very old-school Melbourne.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Hobart ghost signs

Just been to Tasmania for a weekend to see the Museum of Old and New Art and Port Arthur. Time to snoop around Hobart was limited - but nevertheless rewarded with a bunch of signs:

Now there's a neon sign

Still a bakery, but very swank these days

Still a sweet shop

Have to look carefully to see this one

Back when Kodak was king

Getting dark...

In Sorell, just outside Hobart. Excuse finger.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Milk, drinks and alcohol from around Melbourne

Some more signs to pass on. Firstly, the Gilmour's Milk sign uncovered by accident on Moreland Road, Brunswick:

Now for Moonee Ponds and the brilliant Marchants drink sign I heard about on Facebook recently, followed by a few others in the area. Note the smiling faces of the cartoon kids on the Marchants sign:

Now for the fantastic wall of signs near Seaholme station (Altona). This was previously snapped by Tony Mead, but I had to see it in person:

The tea, by the way, is Glen Valley tea...looks like it was a locally distributed brand. See the following sign (right hand side), courtesy Public Records Office of Victoria

And last, a building with Victorian ghost signs, in Williamstown on the way back: