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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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Blue Bell: Colourful but a little bit sad, because you just know the clientele is dying off. Lowestoft, Suffolk, 2007 
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#shopfront #storefront #shopfronts #storefronts #shopfrontuk #shopfrontelegy  #oldsign #signgeeks #signporn #sign #signs #signage #signboard #signsofinstagram #jj_texttypographical #tv_typography #foundtypography #streettypography #typehunters #typography #typographylove #findingbeautyoutofshit #grime_lords #detailsofdecay #rottenfeed #wallfilth #filthyfacades #popyacolour #tv_rainbow Fidan Kebab: That’s some fat bab! Elephant & Castle, London SE1, 2002.

#shopfront #storefront #shopfronts #storefronts #shopfrontuk #shopfrontelegy #shopfrontsoflondon #londontypography #oldsign #signgeeks #signporn #sign #signs #signage #signboard #signsofinstagram #signwriting #signpainting #signwriter #signpainter #findingbeautyoutofshit #grime_lords #detailsofdecay #rottenfeed #wallfilth #filthyfacades #kebab Supergrows Cosmetic: Nightmare on Mare Street - a look of strangulated anguish to rival Munch’s The Scream. Hackney, London E8, 2010.

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#grave_affair #findingbeautyoutofshit #grime_lords W.C.R. Dies: grimly attractive list of hand-crafted trading names. Wallis Road, Hackney Wick, London E9, 2006

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#shopfront #storefront #shopfrontuk #shopfrontelegy #ghostsign #ghostsignsuk #oldsign #signgeeks #signporn #sign #signs #signage#signsofinstagram #clock #ghostclock #oldclock #findingbeautyoutofshit #grime_lords #detailsofdecay #rottenfeed #wallfilth #filthyfacades #jj_texture #rustlord_texturaunique #patina_perfection #victoriana #victorian #edwardian #belleepoque E. Larner & Sons: classic undertaker's clock, with 1930s-looking type. Falcon Road, Battersea, London SW11, 2002

#shopfront #storefront #shopfrontuk #shopfrontelegy #shopfrontsoflondon #londontypography #ghostsign #ghostsignsuk #oldsign #signgeeks #signporn #sign #signs #signage#signsofinstagram #clock #ghostclock #oldclock #findingbeautyoutofshit #grime_lords #detailsofdecay #rottenfeed #wallfilth #filthyfacades L. London & Sons: beautiful art deco-looking ghost clock found on a derelict knitwear factory, which has since been demolished. Alie Street, Shoreditch, London E1, 2004

#shopfront #storefront #shopfrontuk #shopfrontelegy #shopfrontsoflondon #londontypography #ghostsign #ghostsignsuk #oldsign #signgeeks #signporn #sign #signs #signage#signsofinstagram #clock #ghostclock #oldclock #findingbeautyoutofshit #grime_lords #detailsofdecay #rottenfeed #wallfilth #filthyfacades #jj_texture #rustlord_texturaunique #patina_perfection #ArtDecoUk #artdeco #decoarchitecture Charles Benner & Son: I don’t think they're commissioning oaths any more. Crawley, West Sussex, 2002 
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#shopfront #storefront #shopfronts #storefronts #shopfrontuk #shopfrontelegy #shopfrontsoflondon #londontypography #typo #grammar #oldsign #signgeeks #signporn #sign #signage #signboard #signsofinstagram #signwriting #signpainting #signwriter #signpainter #jj_texttypographical #tv_typography #foundtypography #streettypography #typehunters #typography #typographylove City Confectionary: more swirly mis-spelled sign writing. Looks like it once offered "coold drinks" along with its single sandwich. Shoreditch, London E1, 2002.

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