The Shopfronts of ‘Paris Re-Tale’

After publishing the wonderful photos of one-time Paris sign business E. Gautier, I was alerted to this project and the above video where the sign makes a brief cameo. Five of my favourites below, but make sure you check out the full collection, including background notes, by photographer Sebastian Erras for Pixartprinting.

E. Gautier’s Beautiful Paris Ghost Signs

Independently of each other I have been sent photos of this beautiful Paris ghost signs by Wim Dammers and book contributor Leisa Clements. It is a remarkably elaborate piece of work, including picturials in other sections. This is isn’t surprising as it is advertising the services of E. Gautier’s sign firm. He no doubt wanted …

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Large hand painted sign on a wall in France advertising Dubonnet

Dubo, Dubon, Dubonet in Paris, 1983

I had to share this as it is a brilliant example of the classic ‘Dubo, Dubon, Dubonnet’ campaign with illustrations in the hand painted form. It was captured by Scott Phillips in Paris in 1983 and, on his blog, he describes how he was able to create this wonderful image. The original artwork for the 1932 campaign was produced by French artist A. M. …

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The beauty of cracking paint on Paris’ trompes l’oeil

Adam at Invisible Paris has written this blog post about the changing state of the city’s trompes l’oeil.  This example in partticular caught my eye, the craking and peeling of the paint creating something new from something old.  It is similar to the way that some ghostsigns deteriorate, with the paint sitting on the surface of …

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Hilarious posters screen shot

Posters coming to life in 1906

A funny little film depicting an increasingly aggressive poster coming to life in Paris.  Made by George Melies, sent to me by Joe Thompson.