Sunday 7 October 2012

Ghost signs (79): West Norwood revisited

When I photographed West Norwood's ghost signs a couple of years ago, one was nearly obscured by a hoarding. Happily, it is now fully visible (as I found out thanks to a comment from jayceeiams) so I revisited it a few days ago. 

Like the Bryant & May sign in New Cross, this one promises 'British matches for British homes'. Although the Brymay name is prominent, 'Bryant & May Ltd' is written in full underneath. We can see that the company's standard blue and yellow colour scheme was used, although the area not protected by a later hoarding was over-painted in red. 

Also visible at the top of the sign is evidence of a previous advertisement. However, very little of it is distinguishable so I haven't been able to work out what was being advertised. The sign hasn't given up all its mysteries yet!


Dolores William said...

there's one on Standstead road, Catford end on the side of the Post office,+catford&hl=en&sll=51.441949,-0.028531&sspn=0.014846,0.038581&mra=ls&t=m&z=15

Sebastien Ardouin said...

Hi Caroline. The earlier ghost sign on this wall was for the Westminster Gazette. Check this post.

Sam Roberts (Ghostsigns) said...

Great reveal, if you have time do send this to the HAT Archive, it's not in there at the moment, you just need to do part 2 of the process as you're an existing contributor.