Friday, 5 March 2010

Kay's motors, West Norwood

Sometimes so many signs have been painted on one wall that identifying each layer becomes virtually impossible. They overlap, parts that could go together don't necessarily if the design of the letters is taken into account,... The wall below is a good example of such an intriguing mess.

The most recent sign was painted in the lower part of that wall and is fairly easy to read:

Smith's GaragePrivate
Lock Ups

Then there are those giant letters:


That could make sense but 'Motors' is written differently. No perspective and a smaller font, so it may not go with the rest.

A close look reveals that 'Kay's' was painted over what looks like

...mbl... [Wimbledon?]

As for those words written in red on top of everything else and in the lower part of the wall they read:

Racing ...
Jotale... [whatever that could be]

These words may actually go with the 'Stadium' part above. Indeed if it is 'Wimbledon Stadium' that is written, then it could refer to the greyhound races that have been staged there since 1928.

Finally it looks as if there could be a few more letters here and there. If you have any suggestion, don't hesitate to leave a comment.

Location: Norwood High Street / Picture taken on: 01/03/2010


Sam Roberts said...

An 'uber' palimpsest.

Sebastien Ardouin said...

Indeed. And that black background doesn't really help. Actually, even if originally it made the yellow, orange and grey come out nicely, nowadays it looks quite sinister.