Thursday, 18 February 2010

The London Co-op, Walthamstow

The word of the week in the campaign for the next general election was "co-operative", with David Cameron renewing his pledge to give public sector workers the opportunity to form worker co-operatives to run services. One has to admit that it isn't very often that tories can be heard celebrating the co-operative model, and within a co-operative movement traditionally closer to Labour, many eyebrows were raised!
I am not going to look any further into this proposal and the reactions to it, but at least it gives me the opportunity to post a painted sign for the London Co-operative Society, although this was not a worker but a consumer co-operative. You can find here a brief history of that particular co-operative society, which was formed in 1920 and amalgated with the Co-operative Retail Society in 1981.

Owned & Controlled
By Its Members
Join the London Co-op
London Likes It!

I really like the combination of colours and different typefaces. A lovely example from the 1950s (the design looks very 1950s to me but I may be wrong).

If only I had such a handwriting...

Location: Frederic Street / Pictures taken on: 17/02/2010

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