Chez l'abeille

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Ghost signs #1: Milk, bread and tea


I love a bit of current street art, but sometimes you glimpse signs of businesses past, etched into the walls and gable ends around us. I’ve been “collecting” these ghost signs for a while, there are many lurking amongst the older buildings of SE London. In the late 1800’s, as food items became more standardised the use of advertising was important to ensure the public knew about the products.

Daren bread has intrigued me, I have discovered it was a branded whole wheat flour, but is clearly a brand which has disappeared from our lives. Hovis and Liptons tea, on the other hand, are still very much available!

©Chez l’abeille 2015

3 thoughts on “Ghost signs #1: Milk, bread and tea

  1. It’s wonderful that you’re collecting these images, as a kind of visual archaeology. Have you seen the photographer Giorgios Makkas’ photos of little shops closing in Athens? I remember reading an article about it in the Guardian (it’s here and it was interesting how the photographer talks about the post-war dream of families to start their own little business. That’s all over now. (Though, hopefully, things are looking up in Greece with their new government).

    Thank you for the taking the photos and for sharing them
    Best wishes