Sunday, 8 June 2014

Ghost signs (111): gramophones


This ghost sign on Woolwich New Road is a bit of a mystery. Half of it has worn away, and the other half is not easy to decipher. However, it does include the words 'kept a--' and, most intriguingly, 'gramophones'. Any suggestions on what it advertised are very welcome!




4 comments:

runner500 said...

Surprised that I have never noticed that one as I occasionally run past there, has it been hidden? I found really clear one, which I posted about, a couple of months ago in Lewisham which had been covered for years.

Ralph Hancock said...

This photograph shows the building a few years ago, when the sign was less eroded. The picture is too small to be clear, but the first word is certainly COMPLETE. I would guess that the sign originally read

     COMPLETE STOCK
              KEPT OF
          THE LATEST
GRAMOPHONE RECORDS

Ralph Hancock said...

Well, probably because that must be an A after KEPT it should be
COMPLETE STOCK
KEPT ALL
THE LATEST
GRAMOPHONE RECORDS

runner500 said...

If it is gramophone record that the sign is referring to, it could well have been Drysdales which were a little further down Woolwich New Road, which certainly was open from at least the mid 1920s to mid 1960s.
http://www.britishrecordshoparchive.org/london-c-to-d.html
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/261771797063542005

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