Tuesday 15 October 2013

Ghost signs (99): paper

This sign is on Bermondsey Street, SE1, and reads 'Estabd 1857 - Thomson Bros Ltd - PAPER'. It's not the most decorative example, and the fitting of the bold word 'paper' into this narrow bit of side wall is a little awkward. However, even now it's scuffed and faded, it has the virtues of being clear and bold. 

The firm proves rather elusive: in the 1902 Post Office Directory, for example, there is no Thomson Bros on Bermondsey Street although there is a listing for 'Thomson Brothers Limited, wholesale stationers' at 49 Knightrider Street, EC. It may be that one of the tanneries here was also an agent for Thomson Bros; the common name also doesn't help in tracking them down. If anyone has more information, I would love to know!


Sue Fox said...

This is interesting - and as you say, it's in very good condition. Great photo!

Anonymous said...

This business was established by my GG Grandfather John James Potter Thomson and his older brother, it was passed on to my G Grandfather Hugh Marsh Thomson. I have very little information regarding the company but may be able to find out more.

CarolineLD said...

Thank you - I'd love to hear if you do discover more.