London Street Signs: A visual history of nameplates

Cover Art for 9781849946216, London Street Signs: A visual history of nameplates by Alistair Hall
ISBN: 9781849946216
Publisher: Batsford Ltd
Published: 2 September, 2020
Format: Hardback
Language: English

All across this magnificent metropolis of ours you can find a remarkable public archive of lettering - London's street nameplates. A unique collection of styles and forms that stretches back to the 17th century, these little labels hide in plain sight - we use their information daily, but too often fail to really notice them. And they aren't just visual anchors, telling us where we are; but temporal anchors too, telling us where we've come from.Documenting the street signs that are most visible today - the most significant, the most beautiful, the most curious - from enamel plates to incised lettering, from the simplest cast iron signs to gloriously ornamental architectural plaques, London Street Signs is a visual record of this shaded corner of our collective history.This book also uncovers some of the stories behind these generally unassuming treasures, revealing where they themselves came from, before being affixed to brick or stone for decades to come. From the iconic nameplates of the City of Westminster to the stunning tiled signs of Hampstead, from the revival nameplates of Lambeth to the ghost signs of the no-longer existent NE postal district, this is a journey through the history of a great metropolis.

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