Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Anniversary quiz

Today's marks the third anniversary of this blog. It started with two local ghost signs for Peterkin's Custard near Clapham Junction, and Flins and Sons in Putney. The first anniversary was celebrated with a lovely ghost sign painted most certainly during the first quarter of the 19th century for one of Bath's Circulating Librairies. Then for the second anniversary I posted quite an extraordinary ghost sign for A. Loucrezis's furniture factory in Istanbul, written in Ottoman Turkish (using the Armenian script), Greek and French.

Today, as you can see, the picture is made of letters from several ghost signs (click to enlarge). Can you recognise some of them? To help you, here are some clues:

T: this ghost sign features a striking royal animal.
H: the same animal gave its name to this venue near a ford across a tautological river.
R: they milked together the London area, Wiltshire, and the West Country, among others.
E: this ghost sign made cutting this letter safe.
E: any relation to Sir Patrick or Sir Roger?
Y: "this is the last letter of a striking name, isn't it girls?" said Annie.
E: this letter is so well preserved one would suspect there are several cheap coats on this ghost sign.
A: it was British throughout at this merchant's, so no triangular trade there in spite of the name!
R: even without Sullivan he found a place for Hercules.
S: even extinct and confined to heraldry these hunting dogs do not lack bottle.

No prize, just fun!

Click here for the answers

2 comments:

Sam Roberts said...

I've got five:

T - Swan Vesta, the smoker's match
H - Swan Hotel
R - United Dairies
E (first) - Gillette

A - F. Hawkins & Co Ltd

I hope you'll be revealing the answers in a subsequent post...

Sam Roberts said...

PS.
H
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Y

B
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