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Hove man on A to Z hunt for historic road sign fonts

The Argus: HUNT: Nick Sayers in historic road sign font hunt HUNT: Nick Sayers in historic road sign font hunt

An artist is collecting a rather unusual alphabet.

Arty Nick Sayers is attempting to compile an A-Z of letters using the font of historic road signs dotted around Hove.

The graphic designer was inspired by his daughter to begin the project and has stencilled 23 of the 26 letters using the signs.

He now needs the help of fellow residents to try and track down road names in the same font with a J, X and Z in them to complete his unusual collection.

Can you help Nick complete his challenge? Email neil.vowles@theargus.co.uk or call 01273 544530.

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8:01pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Algeria Touchshriek says...

I wonder if this artist has a girlfriend?
I wonder if this artist has a girlfriend? Algeria Touchshriek
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9:17pm Sun 13 Jan 13

tom servo says...

Get an A-Z and look in the back.... you don't need "our" help unless you're just after publici... ahhh... I get it.
Get an A-Z and look in the back.... you don't need "our" help unless you're just after publici... ahhh... I get it. tom servo
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10:05pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Roundbill says...

So it's basically cross-country Scrabble®. But in reverse. And with no other competitors.
This is the legacy of Thatcher's "Care in the Community".
So it's basically cross-country Scrabble®. But in reverse. And with no other competitors. This is the legacy of Thatcher's "Care in the Community". Roundbill
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12:21am Mon 14 Jan 13

nsayers says...

I was approached by the Argus photographer uninvited while I was tracing the letters. I wasn't that fussed about having my photo taken, but it occurred to me it's handy to have publicity as I'm trying to find out more about the street signs/lettering and their history. I thought the Argus readership might be able to provide some knowledge and information.

I didn't expect it to attract snide comments, but then that's Argus online commenters for you. Funnily enough I read an article recently about the modernised Hove street signs, where the comments were all about how the old signs were much better! You can't win.

And yes, I have a girlfriend and am sane.
I was approached by the Argus photographer uninvited while I was tracing the letters. I wasn't that fussed about having my photo taken, but it occurred to me it's handy to have publicity as I'm trying to find out more about the street signs/lettering and their history. I thought the Argus readership might be able to provide some knowledge and information. I didn't expect it to attract snide comments, but then that's Argus online commenters for you. Funnily enough I read an article recently about the modernised Hove street signs, where the comments were all about how the old signs were much better! You can't win. And yes, I have a girlfriend and am sane. nsayers
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7:41am Mon 14 Jan 13

Telscombe Cliffy says...

nsayers wrote:
I was approached by the Argus photographer uninvited while I was tracing the letters. I wasn't that fussed about having my photo taken, but it occurred to me it's handy to have publicity as I'm trying to find out more about the street signs/lettering and their history. I thought the Argus readership might be able to provide some knowledge and information.

I didn't expect it to attract snide comments, but then that's Argus online commenters for you. Funnily enough I read an article recently about the modernised Hove street signs, where the comments were all about how the old signs were much better! You can't win.

And yes, I have a girlfriend and am sane.
Great post, and can see you interest in street name fonts. Brighton itself has it's own style as has parts of London and older parts of other cities. I'm sure I've seen some in Brighton made up of individual enamel letters slotted in order into a cast iron frame. Many of these are high up on buildings out of reach so may explain why so many survive today. You are sane, some people don't understand art. Actually, most people.
I wouldn't take all the comments on here to heart as a lot are for devilish self amusement only!
[quote][p][bold]nsayers[/bold] wrote: I was approached by the Argus photographer uninvited while I was tracing the letters. I wasn't that fussed about having my photo taken, but it occurred to me it's handy to have publicity as I'm trying to find out more about the street signs/lettering and their history. I thought the Argus readership might be able to provide some knowledge and information. I didn't expect it to attract snide comments, but then that's Argus online commenters for you. Funnily enough I read an article recently about the modernised Hove street signs, where the comments were all about how the old signs were much better! You can't win. And yes, I have a girlfriend and am sane.[/p][/quote]Great post, and can see you interest in street name fonts. Brighton itself has it's own style as has parts of London and older parts of other cities. I'm sure I've seen some in Brighton made up of individual enamel letters slotted in order into a cast iron frame. Many of these are high up on buildings out of reach so may explain why so many survive today. You are sane, some people don't understand art. Actually, most people. I wouldn't take all the comments on here to heart as a lot are for devilish self amusement only! Telscombe Cliffy
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12:19pm Mon 14 Jan 13

PorkBoat says...

Mount Zion Place will get you a "Z".
Mount Zion Place will get you a "Z". PorkBoat
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12:56pm Mon 14 Jan 13

tom servo says...

My apologies to Nick Sayers for being one of the naysayers ;o)
My apologies to Nick Sayers for being one of the naysayers ;o) tom servo
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11:36pm Mon 14 Jan 13

nsayers says...

I've since found an X (Sussex Road, Hove) but still no J or Z. Most of these signs seem to be in Hove, but perhaps there are some in Brighton/Portslade? Looking on Google Street View, Mount Zion Place (Brighton) seems to have much more recent signs.

Naysayers. Boom tish!
I've since found an X (Sussex Road, Hove) but still no J or Z. Most of these signs seem to be in Hove, but perhaps there are some in Brighton/Portslade? Looking on Google Street View, Mount Zion Place (Brighton) seems to have much more recent signs. Naysayers. Boom tish! nsayers
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11:32am Tue 15 Jan 13

Beachcomber56 says...

Algeria Touchshriek wrote:
I wonder if this artist has a girlfriend?
It seems Nick is already spoken for, "Algeria". Have you tried internet dating?
[quote][p][bold]Algeria Touchshriek[/bold] wrote: I wonder if this artist has a girlfriend?[/p][/quote]It seems Nick is already spoken for, "Algeria". Have you tried internet dating? Beachcomber56
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12:51pm Tue 15 Jan 13

pinballdave says...

Your 'J' can be found at St. Johns Road, near Palmiera Square at the seafront end of the road. There is also a sign at the north end of the road, but you'll need a ladder for that one.

Can't think of any roads with a 'Z' though.
Your 'J' can be found at St. Johns Road, near Palmiera Square at the seafront end of the road. There is also a sign at the north end of the road, but you'll need a ladder for that one. Can't think of any roads with a 'Z' though. pinballdave
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1:04pm Tue 15 Jan 13

pinballdave says...

Bingo. North end of Elizabeth Avenue (junction of Queen Victoria Avenue) looks promising on street view. The Goldstone Crescent end looks like a different font. My first try was Nizells Ave, but they are all modern signs.
Bingo. North end of Elizabeth Avenue (junction of Queen Victoria Avenue) looks promising on street view. The Goldstone Crescent end looks like a different font. My first try was Nizells Ave, but they are all modern signs. pinballdave
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8:34pm Tue 15 Jan 13

nsayers says...

pinballdave wrote:
Bingo. North end of Elizabeth Avenue (junction of Queen Victoria Avenue) looks promising on street view. The Goldstone Crescent end looks like a different font. My first try was Nizells Ave, but they are all modern signs.
Thanks, pinballdave. Unfortunately those are the later, machine-lettered signs. The ones I'm looking for are hand-stencilled — ie: this http://flic.kr/p/8t6
oem versus this http://flic.kr/p/b91
pNM
[quote][p][bold]pinballdave[/bold] wrote: Bingo. North end of Elizabeth Avenue (junction of Queen Victoria Avenue) looks promising on street view. The Goldstone Crescent end looks like a different font. My first try was Nizells Ave, but they are all modern signs.[/p][/quote]Thanks, pinballdave. Unfortunately those are the later, machine-lettered signs. The ones I'm looking for are hand-stencilled — ie: this http://flic.kr/p/8t6 oem versus this http://flic.kr/p/b91 pNM nsayers
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12:15pm Wed 16 Jan 13

nigeyb says...

Well done Nick. Great idea for a project.
Well done Nick. Great idea for a project. nigeyb
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