A fine West Norwood ghost sign from Vanessa Woolf, with another of those part-letter telephone ‘numbers’. GIP as hinted at above, stood for Gipsy Hill.

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Pattern making may be long gone, but the signs at F.Bowman’s foundry in Amwell Street, London, live on.

Signwriting for vans, 1940s’ style

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Van Writing Up-To-Date was published in 1949 and featured these examples of hand painted ‘van writing’ excellence.

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Lots of lovely hand lettering there, with some fine illustration thrown in for good measure. The book tells you everything you need to know as a commercial vehicle signwriter, and includes some template designs which I’ll post on another occasion.

The ghost signs of Zagreb (or at least as many as I could spot in a flying visit).