Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

The colours of memory

I’ve gone on before about the stick-on advertising signs that shopkeepers sometimes put on their windows, and how these stick-on signs sometimes stick around for many years. I was reminded of this the other night in Moreton-in-Marsh when I came across this particularly evocative example: a Kodak sign that is obviously quite old, though I don’t know how old.

We’re back in the analogue era here, when most people took their films in to the local chemist to be developed and printed. Digital photography changed all this, of course, and it has been around for decades now – and was becoming popular when the new millennium got going. This Kodak sign goes further back than that, I think. The emphasis on colour and the use of the curve-sided box, like an old TV screen, have a rather 1970s feel. Those were the days, when many people still had black and white TVs, and when colour was something to shout about.

Having taken my digital photograph of this analogue sign and downloaded it on to the computer, I noticed another story that it has to tell. The yellow band of colour on the left is actually not part of the sign. Do you notice how it’s wider than the other bands, and that there’s no white line separating it from the band next door, as there is with the others? It looks as if, having got hold of a sign that wasn’t big enough to go right across the window, the shopkeeper retained part of a previous sign (maybe even a yellow Kodak one of a still earlier era) to fill the gap – and make the whole width of the window glow with Kodak colour.

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Links to other stick-on signs I’ve posted:

Procea bread and the Procea bakerman, in Bromyard and Cheltenham
Atlas bulbs and Wilkinson Sword gardening tools in Ludlow
Every Ready batteries in Uppingham
Tea in Winchcombe
Ariel motorcycles in Frome


Jenny Woolf said...

Well spotted - I think you're right about the sign.

It's strange how Kodak, from being such a household name, suddenly disappeared from most peoples' everyday life now, although I believe they are still involved in imaging.

Philip Wilkinson said...

Yes, Jenny. They did not make the transition from film to digital photography quickly enough, and lost their dominance of the industry. Sad.

hazelnicholson said...

I found some interesting stick on signs on an old barbers in Northampton. Silvikrin https://www.flickr.com/photos/10515323@N08/33228730090/in/photolist-RVJdAw-SCiVMu-TdbgXX-humCBB-gzvyaa and Brylcreem https://www.flickr.com/photos/10515323@N08/33611997945/in/photolist-RVJdAw-SCiVMu-TdbgXX-humCBB-gzvyaa/

Philip Wilkinson said...

Thank you, Hazel: they're great and very evocative of past times.