Two 1936 designs for shopfronts in Prague (a stationer’s above and bookshop below), produced by that city’s School for Decorative & Housing Industries and featured in Industrial Arts magazine.
May I direct you to a marvellous Spitalfields Life blog, featuring the shopfront photos of Phillip Cunningham? These date from the 1970s and 80s which, for those of us of a certain age, doesn’t sound like that long ago, and yet these look like they are from another world.
Much more here. Photographs copyright © Philip Cunningham
Drage’s art deco store at 73-77 Oxford Street, c.1930. The architect was S Gordon Jeeves, also responsible for the Dolphin Square development later in the 1930s.
Here’s the Oxford Street branch of shoe shop chain Lennards, c.1930. Look at that lettering, the Vitrolite panels, the ascending windows and the horizontal detailing. And they’re having a sale, too.
“H. Génot – cordonnerie – bourrellerie” trouvé à Champigneulles (54). #sign #Signs #signpainting #signpainter #signgeek #peintreenlettres #vernaculartypography #typelove #typehunter #typographie #typography #champigneulles #lorraine #igersfrance #enseigne #enseignes #cordonnerie #cordonnier #bourrellerie #vintage #vintageshop #vintagesign #artisan #shopfront #storefront #ghostsign #abandonned #lettrage #lettering #handlettering (à Champigneulles, Lorraine, France)
…obviously. On Great Suffolk Street and, according to Google, “permanently closed”.
Photographer and graphic designer Vici MacDonald has published the first collection of shop frontages and signs from her very wonderful Shopfront Elegy blog. It’s a book (and a blog) that puts the rest of us frontage-snappers to shame. Her beautifully composed shots span some 35 years of photographic observation of the changing face of Britain’s streetscape. Here are just a couple of spreads:
The book as a whole is something of a sampler, drawn from MacDonald’s 40,000-strong image archive and arranged thematically as a taster for more books to come. Don’t let that stop you buying this one though. It is a must-have introduction to her remarkable work. An interview with Vici MacDonald will appear here soon.
Shopfront Elegy Sampler: A Themed Compendium Of Vintage UK Shop Facades is published by Reverse Press and available at £14.95 from Amazon.