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SHOPFRONT ELEGY – THE BOOK

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Formerly: a book about disappearing London

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With photos by Vici MacDonald and poems by Tamar Yoseloff, Formerly is a beautiful little chapbook which is just £8.00 online – find out more here

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Harris & Son The Magnet Stores: ex-hardware shop containing Dr Who models made by local sci fi fans, and so-named because ironmongers used to sell magnets. Fisherton Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, 2007.

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#thisisengland Campbells: Gotta love a logo made out of nuts and screws – and happily, it’s still there. Battersea Park Road, London SW11, 2002.

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#shopfront #storefront #shopfronts #storefronts #shopfrontuk #shopfrontelegy #shopfrontsoflondon #londontypography Lawleys of Regent St W1 (i.e. London) of Walsall, prewar-looking facade revealed during regeneration, rather beautiful but doubtless soon to disappear again

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#shopfront #storefront #shopfronts #storefronts #shopfrontuk #shopfrontelegy #ArtDecoUk #artdeco #decoarchitecture Abba Electronics: Another pop-themed hardware store, though it probably predates the Swedish songstrels and - unlike them - is still around. Kentish Town Road, London NW5, 2012.

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#shopfront #storefront #shopfronts #storefronts #shopfrontuk #shopfrontelegy #shopfrontsoflondon #londontypography #ghostsign #ghostsignsuk @type.i.find Right now in Hull, the UK's city of culture 2017 - if they ever finish the roadworks (entire town centre currently dug up). #ghostsign #ghostsignsuk #cityofculture2017 #hull #shopfront #storefront #shopfronts #storefronts #shopfrontuk #shopfrontelegy#tiles #tilesandtype #ihavethisthingwithtiles #mosaiclettering  #mosaic #mosaicletters #mosaics  #jj_texttypographical #tv_typography #foundtypography #streettypography #typehunters #typography #typographylove  @type.i.find Handy Supply Co: A close-up of that brilliant DIY type. Herbert Road, Woolwich, London SE18, 2004.

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