painted wall signs

painted wall signs

Postby Ebear » Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:42 am

Dublin used to be full of signs like these. Acid rain, development and JCDecaux have combined to get rid of most of them. I'd like to see a separate thread recording and archiving the few that are left. But in the spirit of this one I've cropped the easy ones here. Anyone got any more?

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Re: painted wall signs

Postby Ciaran » Wed Jul 09, 2008 7:52 pm

I like these old washed out signs, There is one here in Edmonton for Cunard Lines, which is really neat to see.
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Re: painted wall signs

Postby notjim » Wed Jul 09, 2008 7:56 pm

5. is by Broadstone station isn't it?
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Re: painted wall signs

Postby Ebear » Thu Jul 10, 2008 10:52 am

notjim wrote:5. is by Broadstone station isn't it?


Nope. Other side of the river.
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Re: painted wall signs

Postby Rory W » Thu Jul 10, 2008 11:33 am

nah 5 is on the back of the Wicklow street branch and is visable from St Andrews's St Church (Dublin Tourism)
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Re: painted wall signs

Postby Ebear » Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:14 pm

Correct!
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Re: painted wall signs

Postby LOB » Thu Jul 10, 2008 1:08 pm

7 is Byrnes bookmakers on upper leeson street
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Re: painted wall signs

Postby Ebear » Thu Jul 10, 2008 1:49 pm

Yes, with a nice example on the auctioneers next door as well.
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Re: painted wall signs

Postby lostexpectation » Fri Jul 11, 2008 12:08 pm

cummins is abbey street is that not covered by the tourism sign now?
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Re: painted wall signs

Postby alonso » Fri Jul 11, 2008 2:01 pm

LOB wrote:7 is Byrnes bookmakers on upper leeson street


tsk, I've bussed, cycled, walked, driven, drank, smoked and staggered at that location a million times before and I still didn't recognise it. For shame
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Re: painted wall signs

Postby ctesiphon » Fri Jul 11, 2008 7:33 pm

Have you never looked up at it and said to yourself 'Why should I care where Joe Byrne bets?' I always found it amusing.

Also, the Corry McMahon bothers me because the N is slightly off. Did nobody mark off a grid before starting to paint?

There's a good one on the gable end of the redbrick terrace at the Lincoln Place corner of Trinity too. Didn't FJP have a section on these?
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Re: painted wall signs

Postby notjim » Fri Jul 11, 2008 8:05 pm

The Trinity one has been bugging me all week, it is covered by scaffolding at the moment, it was a hotel, the hotel that had half the present Lincolns Inn as a bar, the hotel where Nora Barnacle worked. What was it called, I can't remember, can you: google is cheating.

There is another hotel name on a piece of gable half way along Westland row, I will add it next week.
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Re: painted wall signs

Postby notjim » Fri Jul 11, 2008 8:11 pm

btw I am convince that number 2 is on John Rogerson quay or thereabouts, its like a car park or coach depot or something but I can't quite put my finger on it, am I close?
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Re: painted wall signs

Postby GrahamH » Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:26 pm

Finn's Hotel :)

Hector Grey has one too on his gable that's soon to disappear.
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Re: painted wall signs

Postby manifesta » Sat Jul 12, 2008 8:03 am

1 is on Lombard Street East, on the left as you walk toward the river. 4 is of course the Bolands Mill. I'd know that yellow lettering in my sleep.

Some of the fjp photos ctesiphon mentioned can be found <A HREF="http://www.fantasyjackpalance.com/fjp/photos/city/index15a.html">here</A>. I miss fjp.

There are many fine examples of hand lettering there, many of them faded and quite beautifully dilapidated. I think there is even a Finn's Hotel in there, Graham.

It's easy, once you start looking, to get obsessed with finding these throughout the city. About a year ago in NYC I saw typography guru Tobias Frere-Jones speak eloquently about these ghost signs, 'examples of lettering that are no longer with us.' In a feat of documentation that absolutely boggles the mind, Frere-Jones has embarked on the Quixotic quest of collecting every single example of typography and lettering on public buildings in New York City. Last I heard, he'd made it from the south tip of Manhattan all the way up to 14th Street. Over 4,000 photographs.

I have a pithy collection of my own on a memory card somewhere. Will have to dig them up.
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Re: painted wall signs

Postby Ebear » Sat Jul 12, 2008 5:03 pm

Doh! I should have known FJP would have plenty of them. I passed that first one in Harold's Cross last week but I'd used up my camera battery in the Botanical Gardens. (If you haven't seen the Hard Rain Project yet, do go before the end of August.)

Lombard St East, Bolands and Sir John Rogerson's Quay (near Windmill Lane) are all correct. The bakery in No 5 is Camden Street but I can't make out what the logo in the centre is, unless it's saying Deanta hEirinn. I think that building may have ended up a a Kylemore once.
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Re: painted wall signs

Postby apelles » Thu May 27, 2010 1:53 am

There's a new website called the ghostsigns project, a collaborative national effort to photograph, research and archive the remaining examples of hand painted wall advertising in the UK and Ireland.
http://www.ghostsigns.co.uk/home

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Not that many from Ireland in it yet, though there welcoming Photographers who have pictures of signs, however old, to contribute them to the project by offering them as a gift to the History of Advertising Trust (HAT).http://www.flickr.com/groups/ghostsigns/
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Re: painted wall signs

Postby apelles » Sat Aug 14, 2010 11:27 pm

This 13 minute long film documents a group of advertisement artists as they hand-paint a rendition of each stage of the "nine-step" Belgian pouring ritual. The men of Sky High Murals spend 21 days painting and repainting a 20x50 wall on the side of a building -- as soon as they finish painting one step, they begin going over it with the next. A brilliant insight to a dying art.

http://uptherefilm.com/project.aspx
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