Visual dyslexic shop fronts

The Nr. 50 bus route is passing this now derelict shop, which tells of a bygone era of gunslinging battles in the Wild (South) West of Brum...

I saw this invitation to 'Come Along In' in Stirchley...

This shop in Digbeth is still trading, although the sign could do with an update.

I wonder what the third later used to be and what the shop/business sued to sell or produce. As seen in the Gun Quarter.

And finally another place in the Gun Quarter which is also still trading. On the top floor of the building used to be a workshop where the cartoonist and illustrator Rowland Emett used to work. 


Visual Dyslexia, nonsense & gibberish

Good bye my loved Digbeth Cold Storage. Over the last years I have repeatedly photographed this sign, which was sadly dismantled during the recent renovation of the building. I am glad I managed to snap a final picture.

Clearly the letter 't' had enough of being teased by the other letters for being last in alphabetical order, so it left!

I previously posted an image of this sign partially covered by scaffolding, it used to read The Pallasades, somehow however I prefer it like this ... 

And finally two pieces of advertisement, which have tragically gone wrong. The above sign is a beautiful example of a glitching electric board that I saw in Sutton Coldfield... 

...while the advert below seems to either send subliminal messages in a street slang or refer to a song by the Police...De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da


A collection of ghost signs

Today I am posting a selection of ghost signs and signs that are making a 'return' after years of being hidden away. The sign above is clearly showing a recycled and overpainted sign, which is slowly making a return. As seen in Digbeth.

A ghost sign at the Costa Green Public House in Birmingham.

Another ghost sign revealing the former use of the building, assuming from the painted sign the business used to sell beer. 

This hand painted sign was revealed at the back of Waterstones on New Street during the recent redevelopment of New Street Station and the extension of the Metro tram line in Birmingham. Read more on the signs history in the Birmingham Post.

A well-documented ghost sign at the back of the Electric Cinema, indicating the prior use of the venue to be a theatre.

And finally one of my favourite signs which was revealed in Digbeth recently. What a beautiful choice of font used for this hand-painted sign, which was revealed after another sign was dismounted of the gate. If you look closely there is another line of text underneath.


The infectious Visual Dyslexia...

Today I am posting a few images that I was send by friends and family, who are now also snapping away for me. Many thanks for all the contributions, future submissions are encouraged and welcomed!

The above picture is a contribution from 'Mr. Ghostsign' Sam Roberts, as seen in London. 
I love this now meaningless sign, looks like alien script to me.

The next three images are from the talented Illustrator Tim Widden, as seen at the British Museum (above), Brick Lane (below) and somewhere in London (ghost sign, below below). Thanks Tim for keeping your eyes peeled for me!

I saw this visual dyslexia myself a few month ago at Brick Lane and ever since I have been wondering what it was actually referring to? Diarrhea? Indigestion?

Another fading London ghost sign.

And last, but certainly not least a beautiful example of a visual dyslexia seen by the best mother in this world in Foehr in Germany, thanks mum!


A random selection of Visual Dyslexia & ghost signs

A fading shop sign for More More Fashion in Handsworth, Soho Road.

I am not sure if I would trust this garage with servicing my car...
 ...judging from this shop front, seen in West Bromwich.

The letter P has been kidnapped from this Italian restaurant in Moseley.

The decline of the British boozer is my delight!

Highlight of my day when I spotted this ghost sign, nearly crashed my car while driving by as I could not take my eyes of it.

Another British boozer in decline, this used to be The Barrel in the Gun Quarter. 

The Pallasades Shopping Centre is being transformed currently by the refurbishment of New Street train station, which makes this sign appear rather shy.

Another ghost sign on a closed cinema in Hockley. The cinema used to be called The New Palladium, further pictures which highlight the cinema's former glorious past can be seen here.

Is this a sign of the fading importance and status of monarchy in our society?


Visual Dyslexia in the Jewellery Quater

I took these snaps on a recent type walk through the Jewellery Quarter. The walk was hosted by Sam Roberts, Mr. Ghostsign. The above signage led to great speculation (and amusement) as to what it once had read.

 Looks like a football score to me...

Usually ampersands are bring other words together, here a 'lonely' one. 
(Maybe it upset the others?)

Open to who?

The Bullion Room, I love the 'new' font created naturally by the intensity of the sun dissolving and evolving glue and paint.


Visual Dyslexic Paradise

A few beautiful close up shots of the derelict building in Bradford Street. 
The building used to be occupied by Stone Gallion Ltd., pictures from the inside can be seen here.

The whole buidling in one.

A few shots from New Bartholomew Street. Another derelict building 
which used to be a wholesalers.


Digbeth my treasure trove!

Images from a recent stroll through the visual dyslexia hotspot Digbeth. Above an old club sign which was taken down, Custard Factory

Seems like St Martins Garage has worked up some 'rage'.

Close up of the closed St. Martins Garage window. Cars (are) out indeed!

Used to be all the rage!

This sign is only a few years old and already half gone! It says a lot about the 'quality' of shop signs today, when shop signs painted over 100 years ago are often still visible. 
Visual Dyslexia at it's best!

Digbeth is clutter with these folding garage doors and I cannot stop myself 
snapping away at them.

Shakin' that ass...a little too much? 
Inadvertently this picture has also become a selfie, 
look closely in the reflection of the Renault sign.

A beautiful ghost sign at 15-17 New Bartholomew Street.