Sunday, 28 June 2015

Oh for the South Seas

This is one of my favourite plates. I love it for the sign alone. It’s gloriously joyful and brings a little bit of sunshine into the 1950s.

James Meakin set up his Staffordshire pottery in 1845 and his sons, J&G (James and George) took over in 1851. By the 1950s, it was producing new American-inspired shapes, and this Studio Ware style was in production from 1957-69. 

For once, my shaky hand isn’t to blame for the blurry photo – the mark is actually like that on the plate. The colour is hard to reproduce -  it’s really a sharp, fresh, bright lime green, which means not all food looks appetising on it. But it’s more fun to turn it upside down and enjoy its palm tree mark. 

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Lost gardens of Manchester

We stumbled upon a floral oasis in central Manchester today. The art gallery and the National Trust have teamed up to tell the story of Manchester's lost public gardens, and to give us a new one (complete with bird soundscape and mock vintage signs). Wonderful!


Saturday, 13 June 2015

Another tradesmen's entrance

I've pounded the streets of London looking for a gate with a sign saying "Servants". I've failed, so if you know the location of one I could photograph, please say. As consolation, I thought I'd share with you this very smart Tradesmen's entrance (no sniggering please) in Princelet Street, Spitalfields. It's a great area for ghost signs and Georgian architecture, so a walk is rewarding for sign hunters.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Romance in Reykjavik

You need your gloves in Iceland: it's cold. I spotted this sign, with its artistic display of lost gloves, in the centre of Reykjavik.

It seems to capture the underplayed, knowing humour and phlegmatic stoicism of the Icelanders.