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Jeffrey Johnson’s Favourite Signs

April 6, 2022
by the gentle author

Enigmatic Photographer Jeffrey Johnson deposited a stack of his pictures from the seventies and eighties with Archivist Stefan Dickers at the Bishopsgate Institute, including these photos of signs and ghost signs. Sharing Jeffrey’s relish at this magnificent array, I cannot resist the feeling that he is one after my own heart in savouring both the poetry and aesthetics of London’s old signage.

Win her affections with A1 Confections

Temporary office staff urgently required

Permanent waving clubs held here

More news than in any other daily paper

English clock system

Barry Lampert – Your choice for Hackney

The best food for the whole family sold here

Home cured haddocks & bloaters

The noted house for paper bags

£40 worth for four shillings weekly

Families and dealers supplied

Harris the sign king

Headache draughts

Progressive working class catering

For that natural just combed look

Radio London wireless said ‘The cosy fish bar in Whitecross St serves the best quality fish & chips in London.’

See the light…taste the light

We specialies in suits, donkey coats, officers uniforms, belts & braces, sailors clothing…

Laying out & measuring up undertaken

Photographs copyright © Jeffrey Johnson

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6 Responses leave one →
  1. Cherub permalink
    April 6, 2022

    I love Porn and Dunwoody ha ha. And the Tea Room looks like the frontage of a funeral directors!

  2. Maureen permalink
    April 6, 2022

    I love looking at these photos. Fabulous!

  3. Annie S permalink
    April 6, 2022

    A great glimpse of the past!
    I wonder if any of the ghost signs still exist?

  4. Mark permalink
    April 6, 2022

    Brilliant, just brilliant.
    A lost paradise, gone forever.
    Top notch memories.

  5. Linda Granfield permalink
    April 6, 2022

    Dear GA, if you ever decide to ‘undertake measuring up’ for Spitalfields Life T-shirts, I’d like to purchase a few shirts with the “Commit No Nuisance” sign printed on them. I think One Size Fits All would suffice.

  6. Richard permalink
    April 10, 2022

    Remember some of these. Window to the past. Thanks

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