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Calligraphy style common on late 19th and early 20th Century children's books.
Cover design by Berthold Wolpe mixing hand lettering with his Albertus typeface. 1950s.
1958 Everman's Library edition.
Beautiful calligraphic endpapers from the same book.
Late 1960s Singer sewing machine.
Whitstable, Kent. UK
Storyboard for a film. Whitstable, Kent. UK
Clio, by Seth aged 8. Whitstable, Kent. UK
Nice hand-painted condensed gothic. Harrow Arts Centre. London.
And a closer view to show the attractive weathering. Harrow Arts Centre. London.
Harrow Arts Centre. London.
Harrow Arts Centre. London. Very eccentric arrow.
Hand painted poster. Lovely sharp-edged brush work. The two different R's give it extra charm.
Near Waterloo Station, London. Dates from the 1820s.
Parliament Hill Fields. London. Lovely example of signpainter sans. It is a shame it is in such a sad state.
Ghost sign. Parliament Hill Fields. London.
Ghost sign. Parliament Hill Fields. London. I hope there was a plethora of beanfeasts for them to cater for.
Parliament Hill Fields. London.
Hand-painted house names. Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England.
Canal boat. Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England.
Advertisment for the Euro Lottery jackpot made from lottery tickets. Harrow. NW London.
Warning about what? Bytom
Street number. Krakow.
Communist-era washing machine.
Art Deco cinema front. Bytom
Tombstone. Bytom. Poland.
Family mausoleum. Bytom. Poland
Whitstable. Kent. UK. Possibly as old as 19th Century.
Whitstable. Kent. UK. These white on blue signs are actually very new but are unlike common British street signage.
Whitstable. Kent. UK
Whitstable. Kent. UK. I love this sign with its upside-down S, made of indivdual plastic letters.
Printed or painted on the back of glass plates which were then mounted on the front of this shop window. I imagine they date from the early '60s. Whitstable. Kent. UK
Old Swedish record label in a Stockholm antique shop window.
Stockholm street number
Swedish psychology book. Probably 1970s.
Old telephone box. Skansen open air museum. Stockholm.
Skansen open air museum. Stockholm.
Old hardware store sign. Skansen open air museum. Stockholm.
Old Polish book on Esperanto
SCC. SIlesia City Centre.
Apartment block entrance. Chorzow.
Bytom street sign
Shop sign. Bytom
This was on some kind of tractor or snow plough. Tatras. Poland.
Communist Russian scales.
Mining museum. Poland.
Late-Communist era Polish cocoa jar. Use by date was 1987.
Chilterns open air museum.
Beckonscot Airport restored to its original 1930s state. Back in the '70s there were jet planes here. Beckonscot Model Village. Buckinghamshire, England.
Bicycle seat. Beckonscot Model Village. Buckinghamshire, England.
Miniature fairground sign. Beckonscot Model Village. Buckinghamshire, England.
I love the collaged look of this hand-painted sign.
WWII graffiti. US airmen inscribed their home states on this tree near their base in Hertfordshire. UK
More signpainter's casual. Harrow. NW London.
And its neatly matched other side. Harrow. NW London.
A feast of casual brushwork!
Old shop sign revealed when the new plastic was removed. It has probably been covered up again by now.
Finchley Road underground station. London
Victorian street signs. London NW3
Royal Air Force Museum. Hendon. London.
Despite being in suburban London, this shop front looks like it should be in the American West.
Dry-cleaners seem to be the last bastion of this style of casual brush-lettering, always done on flourescent paper.
More dry-cleaning casual.
Burnt Oak. London
Travelling fairground company truck. Hemel Hempstead.