Finally, here is my haul of ghost sign finds from last Thursday. I originally planned to use the public holiday for a gym session, but a Twitter friend had told me about a sign she passes on her way to work, so I decided to go and have a look at that instead. I travelled on foot to capture other signs on the way. I ended up walking for about 5 hours almost non-stop. It was an expedition.
Unfortunately, my supposedly fully charged camera battery expired very early on in the piece and I'd left my spare at home on the charger, so I had to rely on my phone camera. Better than nothing, I suppose. Anyway, here they are:
Bridge Road, Richmond, near Hoddle Street intersection
Stark's Manufacturers. Spotted from Hoddle Street,
Richmond, behind Hungry Jack's carpark
Islington Street, Collingwood. Not a painted sign, but it's old
At first glance I thought James was a Malteser.
Maltster is still amusing. You don't meet maltsters
at parties these days
Further along Islington Street
A closer look at the right end of the above sign reveals
another old sign* - SHOE
And again...'manufacturer' or an abbreviation thereof
Islington again, but only a fraction
This is the Robur Tea sign that started it all, on the corner
of Michael Street and Park Parade, North Fitzroy
Close up. Dairy Produce on the top left
The Robur Tea sign was a great find (not that I actually found it), and a little further along I came upon this gem on the corner of Albert Crescent and Grant Street. How easily I could have gone down a different street!
TOE & BALLET SHOE MANUFACTURERS! J. Imbesi & Sons
Also a two-in-one - T Peters made some other kind of shoes.
Were basket shoes a thing?
This one is the side of a building on Queens Parade, which I saw from (I think) Grant Street. There was a high degree of difficult in spotting it - it was a 'blink and you'll miss it' thing. It looks like it says BLAND.
Brunswick Street, Fitzroy North (the bit north of Alexandra
Parade). Not sure what it says
A closer view...Looks like 'Chek....y' and second word
ends in S. Any ideas?
This is in Fitzroy...I forget which street
Collingwood (forget where...I did take note of street names,
but not which sign was where. Der)
Also Collingwood (Vere Street, maybe?)
Collingwood yet again
Wattle Poultry, I reckon. Alexandra Parade,
I think near the corner of Wellington Street
This was Brunswick Street, Fitzroy North again
(Yes, my photos are out of order and I'm too lazy to re-order them)
Corner of York Street (obviously) and Brunswick Street -
the same building as the one above
W Parkin & Co Engineers, Fitzroy Street, Fitzroy
Independent Hall, also Fitzroy Street
Strath Knits, Manufacturers of Fashion Knitwear.
I think this was Collingwood too
* What I've been calling a two-in-one sign, other ghost sign hunters call a 'palimpsest', but I'm not sure I want to go there...