Sign of the times

Signs are ubiquitous in our urban culture, often we block them out. When taken individually they can be elegant or humorous.
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A beautiful sign designed for the Capitol Theatre, Melbourne, by Marion Mahony Griffin/ Walter Burley Griffin, Australia, 1921-24.

A beautiful sign designed for the Capitol Theatre, Melbourne, by Marion Mahony Griffin/ Walter Burley Griffin, Australia,

Pub painting, advertising, framed, 'Always the favourite! Resch's 'DA' Dinner Ale', oil paint and gold leaf on glass and steel framed, RB Coleman Signs, Sydney, Australia, 1957. Collection: Powerhouse Museum

Pub painting, advertising, framed, 'Always the favourite! Resch's 'DA' Dinner Ale', oil paint and gold leaf on glass and steel framed, RB Coleman Signs, Sydney, Australia, 1957. Collection: Powerhouse Museum

Road sign, manipulated 'Sing', aluminium/reflective tape/paint, Richard Kelly Tipping (artist)/Broadly Signs, Wangi Wangi / Newcastle, NSW, 1982-1997.

Road sign, manipulated 'Sing', aluminium/reflective tape/paint, Richard Kelly Tipping (artist)/Broadly Signs, Wangi Wangi / Newcastle, NSW, 1982-1997.

Sign, 'Wing Sang & Co Ltd', metal / wood, made by Tierney, Australia, used by Wing Sang & Co Ltd, Haymarket, New South Wales, Australia, 1935-1965.

Sign, 'Wing Sang & Co Ltd', metal / wood, made by Tierney, Australia, used by Wing Sang & Co Ltd, Haymarket, New South Wales, Australia, 1935-1965.

Display boards, 2, 'Arnott's Biscuits', metal / paint, made by Arnotts, Australia, 1925-1945.

Display boards, 2, 'Arnott's Biscuits', metal / paint, made by Arnotts, Australia, 1925-1945.

Neon sign and transformers (2), "Pizza Haven", plastic / metal / glass, Delta Neon / Standard Electric Works / Pyrom Pty Ltd, Australia / Hong Kong, 1992

Neon sign and transformers "Pizza Haven", plastic / metal / glass, Delta Neon / Standard Electric Works / Pyrom Pty Ltd, Australia / Hong Kong, 1992

Road sign, 'Koala' sign, painted aluminium, made by Artcraft for the Roads and Traffic Authority, Australia, 1999-2000.

Road sign, 'Koala' sign, painted aluminium, made by Artcraft for the Roads and Traffic Authority, Australia, 1999-2000.

Sign, advertising, 'Gillespie's Celebrated Buffalo Boots', card / paper, part of shop stock, Wong family, made for C. Gillespie by John Sands Ltd., Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1875-1916.

Sign, advertising, 'Gillespie's Celebrated Buffalo Boots', card / paper, part of shop stock, Wong family, made for C. Gillespie by John Sands Ltd., Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1875-1916.


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