2 May 2014
F.C. Osborn and the Fading Fascias
This beautiful shop fascia was recently revealed on Dalston Lane, Hackney, London, as part of renovations to the shop by a new tenant. (Thanks Bryce for tipping me off!). The following photos show some of the detail of this sign for F.C.Osborn, Bookseller, who occupied the premises from the mid-1920s to at least 1950. Prior to 1928 it was home of Alf Plummer in the related trade of ‘Newsagent’. By 1967 Osborn was gone.
I’ve previously covered similar ‘reveals‘, most recently the D.Appell sign on Stamford Hill that was uncovered by the strong winds back in February. That one is now buried again, under a sign for the current occupants, Roti Stop. This is often the nature of these ‘fading fascias’, being visible for just weeks, or even days, at a time. I have only recently started to capture them in earnest and have gathered a small collection already (see a handful below). I think that this will become my next publishing venture so if you have any you’d like to contribute then please email me with photos.
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