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11 Apr 2019 02:02 PM  

Here's a sneak preview of a project I am currently working on. This image was taken close to the above mentioned shop in 1925. It has never been seen before as its just been digitised from a glass negative. Note the two enamels. This street is where the first Raleigh factory emerged.

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11 Apr 2019 05:33 PM  
The Cadbury's sign in the second Sheffield picture was at Leppings Lane,Hillsborough.The shop to the right was known to me as Mrs Quinn's as was literally next door to the football stadium. It sold sweets and cigs etc. Wonder why the sign was randomly attached to a house and not the shop itself?
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11 Apr 2019 06:40 PM  

Hey Peeps,

 

I thought this one was interesting.

 

Cunard Line, still visible.


This is on Jasper Ave, in downtown Edmonton, Alberta. One of the older parts of the city.

 

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11 Apr 2019 07:39 PM  
Hi CARTERS!

You're spot on with that! Do you remember the blue ground Komo that was over the shop a couple of doors to the right? Sadly rather dinged though, and definitely not available when I asked!!

Sure they were the ones FB! Thought they used to look really great where they were! Great stories!
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11 Apr 2019 10:07 PM  

 Hey Neil .I think your first picture could be Howard Rd at Walkley ,not far from the University . An educated guess ,that's all . But the third picture is 13 Middlewood Rd , at Hillsborough Corner . Just looked it up in the 1972 Kelly's Directory .Says J.W Sykes , Greengrocer .

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12 Apr 2019 07:30 AM  

 Took this around 25 years ago. Sadly, can't remember where... back in the days of prints!

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12 Apr 2019 05:48 PM  

Hi CARTERS, if you look carefully at the wall with the Cadbury's, do you think you can see lots of clean rectangular 'patches'? I wouldn't be surprised if it was once covered in signs, but they were taken down! I mentioned the Komo, and I reckon that must have been on Quinn's. You can see the mark where that was at first floor too! Can't remember exactly where the Sheffield Independent was; it was on the north side of Sheffield somewhere, but I recall there was another in Crookes, which could be the one you're thinking of.

trixon telstar; You're right about Hillsborough Corner! I almost walked right past it, but just spotted it out the corner of my eye, and went back into the shop. I left my 'phone number with the owner, and incredibly got a call many months later, to say the shop was closing, and was I still interested?!! As I took it off the wall, I heard a woman say to her friend, as she walked past, "That's been there since I was a little girl!' Sad really, but someone else would have had it, if I hadn't! Not far from there was a really old fashioned tobacconist, with an absolutely huge blue and white Player's Navy Cut inside; probably 6' x 4'. In retrospect, I guess I was probably lucky they wouldn't let me have that one, but it was framed and pristine! The same shop had a red Vimto outside, which kids tried to rip off the wall unsuccessfully, but creasing it, and wrecking it in the process!

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13 Apr 2019 08:21 AM  
Great thread... keep it going folks.
I used to call into a corner shop in Forest Fields on my way to school which had a Quaker Man enamel on the wall in the late sixties. I never realised it was ever there - until it was too late! Bought my first house close to that shop in 1977 for three grand and filled it with signs. Nearby allotments at Bobbers Mill were crammed with signs... took the Godfather there a few times... happy days.
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13 Apr 2019 08:45 AM  

Interesting post sign-seeker. I lived in Crookes 40 years ago and I'm trying to visualise the shops you are referring too - can you find where they are today on Google Street view?

You mentioned the Sheffield Independent - when I came across this sign  some years ago I just had to have it to remind me of those great days in the Steel City

 

 

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13 Apr 2019 10:58 AM  

 Thanks for posting that, Jimbo. I've got three Independent signs ,but not that one .Cute little sign that.

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13 Apr 2019 02:27 PM  

I often thought about removing this sign; The three generations of ironmongers always refused any price I offered them - year after year. They closed down about ten years ago. I used to buy nails, sandpaper etc and the grand-father, always with a pipe in his mouth, knew where EVERYTHING was and would often guesstimate the price. Nothing had a price. Sad that a stupid / expensive clothes shop is there now. I think the grandson still lives above the shop.

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13 Apr 2019 02:29 PM  

 

This is a little corner store out about 1 hour from me, way out in the sticks. Still has its 2 orignal coke buttons. Not too many orignal sign in Canada.

 

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13 Apr 2019 04:49 PM  

 Pictures for Jimbo . The black and yellow Independent is 9 FT x 2FT .

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13 Apr 2019 05:30 PM  
Wow! Impressive - thanks for the pictures. The independent ran from 1910 to 1932 so the signs age from then. I like the Walkley sign too.

PS How do you sleep at night with all those beauts screwed onto the front of the house???
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13 Apr 2019 06:49 PM  

 Don't panic Jimbo . There's no signs screwed to the house .I have a longish drive and the signs are behind a locked gate towards the bottom of the drive and spread around the back garden . The majority are locked in the garage , out of sight .

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