E.J.Wilkins

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Winchester


Pen and Ink, Coffee and Boots

Some of the 'retro' street signs that can be seen in Winchester High Street.

These visual signs are a fairly ancient idea, dating back to when people started selling goods from shops rather than trading house to house or on a market stall. They were a visual representation of what a shop sold, there was no need to be able to read. The only 'oddity' in this would have been greenery suspended outside a place that sold wine, beer or ale. This dates back to Roman times when they used vine leaves - but vines are quite rare here in UK so evergreen shrubs were used.

Maybe, in our multicultural world, descriptive signs are a good idea, they cross cultural and linguistic boundaries. McDonald's certainly seems to think so, although I have no idea how a large golden M might be useful.

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Again slight upload issues, with banding appearing in the sky of the right hand picture.
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Winchester


Pen and Ink, Coffee and Boots

Some of the 'retro' street signs that can be seen in Winchester High Street.

These visual signs are a fairly ancient idea, dating back to when people started selling goods from shops rather than trading house to house or on a market stall. They were a visual representation of what a shop sold, there was no need to be able to read. The only 'oddity' in this would have been greenery suspended outside a place that sold wine, beer or ale. This dates back to Roman times when they used vine leaves - but vines are quite rare here in UK so evergreen shrubs were used.

Maybe, in our multicultural world, descriptive signs are a good idea, they cross cultural and linguistic boundaries. McDonald's certainly seems to think so, although I have no idea how a large golden M might be useful.

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Again slight upload issues, with banding appearing in the sky of the right hand picture.
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comments (16)

Those signs are so interesting and add a fun character to the street.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Jun 2008, 02:17
These illustrative signs are great, Ellie.

I think the "golden arches" would illustrate "mushy muck" quite well enough.
EJWilkins: Err, yes, I agree wink
  • iain
  • 3 Jun 2008, 02:29
Ellie these are wonderful street-style architecture shots. I love them. What fascinating sign age and beautiful buildings. I bet it looks nice at nighttime there.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 3 Jun 2008, 08:15
Love those signs, it looks so good in the street, the left one is very appealing to me, when I write letters, I still use a fountain-pen, that is the best quality for the writing.
Great collage again here Ellie.
If your pictures of Winchester don't inspire people to visit the city Ellie, I don't know what willsmile
EJWilkins: Thanks Bill. It's a lovely, comfy sort of city, with a surprising amount to see, as well as the magnificent Cathedral. That's as long as the one-way system doesn't spit you out!
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Jun 2008, 08:41
Interesting signs, Ellie. We should look up more - there is a surprising amount of material worthy of a photograph above ground level!
Ingrid
I'm going to make a point to looking round more Ellie because I feel if I were there I might have missed these interesting signs
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 3 Jun 2008, 12:55
Fasinating signs. Love the pen.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 3 Jun 2008, 13:16
Great captureI hace only notice this sort of sign in europe.
I love those old signs. You captured them very well!
  • Alan
  • Southampton.. sunny south coast of England
  • 3 Jun 2008, 18:08
This is getting embarrassing for me, Ellie; I must walk around looking at my feet rather than up in the air (although I have seen the "Warren" sign before)! Perhaps with school lieracy levels being what theya re are and the increasingly common "TXT SPK", (uughh!) perhaps we will go back to relying on signs and just grunting!
EJWilkins: Ah, now you'll be walking along with your head in the clouds, and you'll trip over!
"Just grunting"? Some people seem to do exactly that these days, it's most odd how they know what they're talking about. wink
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 Jun 2008, 21:34
A great collage well done. The signs are most interesting.
It pays to look up Ellie smile
  • Paul
  • 3 Jun 2008, 22:46
they each deserve their own picture - well seen
EJWilkins: You're probably right Paul, but I thought they'd go OK together and serve the purpose. Not particularly brilliant photographs you see wink
Your pictures are making Winchester look a very pleasant and interesting place to visit Ellie. Lovely presentation with this as well.
That is what signs should be like. You can see what is in the shop from a distance.

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