Sunday, 17 October 2010

Fading, peeling, cracked

No, not that kind of coke. A very old building on the grounds of the Abbotsford Convent

Abbotsford Convent again

Old Velvet Soap advertisement on Vere Street, Abbotsford

Liptons Tea advertisement just off Johnston Street, Collingwood

Check out the six-digit phone number! Just off George Street, Fitzroy

Johnston Street, near the corner of Brunswick St. The whole sign says
Rusden Birrell & Co Pty Ltd


  1. Love the angel at the top of pillar in the Johnston Street pic. Wonder if she has been added more recently, she looks clean and not weathered.

    Obviously the "Bois and Charbon" building is where they kept their coal or coke, which is different to coal. I didn't think it was used much domestically. Great shot; I can almost see the 18th / 19th century people walking about.

  2. Hi. Enjoying these posts, even though I'm coming in late.

    Thought I'd mention that we're running a free event for any Melbourne people interested in 'ghost signs', in the Melbourne CBD (VU's Flinders Street campus) on March 12, 2013 from 4pm - 7pm. It will feature ghost sign expert Sam Roberts ( and Stephen Banham (typography authority and author of the book Characters). All are welcome. More details here:


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