Firstly, apologies for the lack of blogging lately, I have been rather busy with an exciting development involving Mabel’s Five & Dime but more about that later.
I thought I would share with you some of the vintage shop signs that we have hanging in our home. Apart from Mr M’s collection of vintage movie posters & my love of old photographs, we don’t really seem to agree on art for our wall’s at home, so we have taken to filling the space with vintage shop advertising signs.
My personal favourite is a glass “Sausages” sign that come from Kennedy’s, the South London butchers & we have it hanging in our kitchen.
Kennedy’s butchers closed it’s doors on December 22, 2007 after more than 130 years in business & it feels nice to know that at least one of their shop signs lives on & is loved. We also have a “Kennedy” shop sign, but this is not actually up on the wall yet, to paraphrase Jaws “we’re gonna need a bigger house!”
We recently found this wooden sign for “The Mighty Atom” Radio Crystal’s.
I believe it dates to the 1920/30’s when crystal radios were popular. They are the simplest type of radio receiver & can be made with a few inexpensive parts, hence their popularity post WWI.
Although someone thought to keep it all those years, it might not always have been loved. The back appears to have been used as a stand for paint pots!
The front has now had a good clean & it just needs a quick wax & buff before taking it’s place on the wall.
Next is a slightly unusual one, it probably dates to the 1950’s & is a 3ft wooden key advertising Barry Bros, key cutting service. Established in 1945, Barry Bros is still going today, the only one of our signs that are still in business.
When Mr M had to move from his original “Maddisons” shop in Knights Hill, which also happened to be an old butchers, he took the lovely old sign with him & got it put on his new premises –
But obviously the number 70 was no longer needed so we now have it hanging at home.
Lastly, Mr M did once own this sign…….
But I drew the line at having “Wilson Undertakers” up on the wall at home, so he had to sell it!!