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13 Apr 2019 11:32 PM  
Great pics and great tales of how it was back then..Not got any pics but got plenty of good memories..Best place ive ever seen was Witton Rd in Aston next to Villa park..Enamels everywhere,,Litchfield Rd Aston..Enamels on nearly every other shop..Always remember a small size Komo above a shop door,,same size as pods sign..Owner wudnt sell..Few months later Chris Gordon had the sign..Never seen another..Great days..
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14 Apr 2019 09:13 AM  

Hi Jimbo, Sounds like we must have been living in Crookes at the same time! I was there most of the time between 1975 and 1981!
The shop there with the Sheffield Independent was just up the road from the Grindstone (probably only four or five doors away!); quite rusted on the bottom edge though, and I used to wonder if it might come down of its own accord at some point! Do you remember the slate and glass whisky signs either side of the door to the Grindstone? I tried to get those, but they wouldn't let me have them. A few months later it changed ownership and they just disappeared!

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14 Apr 2019 09:43 AM  
banjo boy - I think you had some pretty tough competition in Chris Gordon!! Did you ever see his collection? Quite staggering! So extensive, covering not only signs, but cabinets, packaging and other advertising too. Maybe one of the best collections ever assembled?
I'd heard of a mini-Komo, but it's interesting to know a bit more about where it came from!
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14 Apr 2019 10:44 AM  
I agree Sign Seeker - I have never seen a better collection than Chris Gordon's, if only there were some photos in existence The sheer volume of material he used to find was amazing. He'd often call me round to help unload his Morris Traveller till his front room was just stacked high with treasures. I also remember helping him remove numerous enamels and big advertising mirrors into American shippers lorries every summer.
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14 Apr 2019 11:02 AM  
Yes SS we were regular visitors to Chris Gs house college rd i think..Wall to wall enamels..Always remember the walk down his hallway,,Cabinets all shapes and sizes Rammed with tins..He always seemed to have 2 of everything..Even his tea cups had Bovril on them and Horlicks..Did you ever visit his garage?? Layers of enamels,,100s of them and all for sale..Great to see..As for the Small Komo mate that came from a shop in Gt.Bridge above the door as you went in..Weeks later Chiris showed us the same sign..Cost him a Quid off the owner,,near mint,blue background..He wudnt sell the sign to my Old Man has he had never seen another..Would love to see that sign again if any ones got it..And No it wasnt a Repro..
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14 Apr 2019 11:04 AM  
Shown pic before but ive got a pic somewhere of the inside of his garage..see if i can find it
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14 Apr 2019 11:20 AM  
Whilst down memory lane,,another jaw dropping place that i visited as a kid was Steve Burtons place in Brum..Same again Great enamels everywhere..Signs ide only seen in books he had on his walls..Fantastic display..One of the best ive ever seen..Great bloke and nice misses too..
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17 Apr 2019 10:33 AM  

 Great memories folks, there was a lot of good stuff around in those days.

Here's a couple more pics I have found. These were still in place 20 or so years ago.
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18 Apr 2019 12:57 AM  
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Did you get those pictures I emailed you?
Be great if you could post them here - I've been trying for ages and no luck.
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18 Apr 2019 06:27 PM  

 Apologies for the delay! Here are the first eight pictures from hinkslamps:

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18 Apr 2019 06:35 PM  

 And the remainder from hinkslamps:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Not sure where they all are, but I recognise one from near Euston Station!

 

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23 Apr 2019 03:42 PM  
Well I thought they were interesting anyway.
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23 Apr 2019 08:04 PM  

Here is another story about Chris Gordon, in 1977 I was given his address in Mosely Birmingham by a sign collector in Leamington Spa, he said to me go and see this guy hes got loads of signs for sale!  2 weeks later me & a mate drove to his house, but we had a punture on the way & didnt get there till 8pm, as we pulled up outsde his house, there was an amazing grocers advertising  van with a huge cup & saucer fixed to the roof parked in the drive. i knew we must be at the right house.

We knocked the door, a pretty girl answered , i asked if we could see Chris, she did let us in & we waited in the mindblowing hall, i had never seen so much stunning advertising ever !!  Chris came out & met us, not very friendly at first, but we had a good chat & a little look  round, i ended up buying this lovely Navy cut sign for £8, I STILL HAVE IT TODAY, What do you think its worth today ??

I did visit again & he took us to the Rag market, brilliant place , pictorial signs everywhere for £60 or £70  Those were the days!

Very nice guy  

Ive only got  1 sign not 3

 

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24 Apr 2019 09:52 AM  
Great story Rich - I lived round the corner from Chris and went to the Rag Market every week so just missed you in 1977 - how weird is that!!
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25 Apr 2019 02:29 PM  
Those in situ photos from Hinkslamps are just great!
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