Documentation of the road indicators of London by means of the ages
A new book from Alistair Hall offers a visual history of the street name signs in London while also providing a glimpse into the city's own history
London Street Signs offers a look at the various nameplates posted on buildings across the city, from sturdy cast iron signs to ornate signage.
The book includes photos by Alistair Hall, art director, UAL lecturer and founder of the Ministry of Stories, a charity in east London that helps children learn the art of creative writing.
Hall began taking photos of nameplates in 2016 and has taken over 4,000 pictures during that time. As with most books documenting a collection of a particular object or material over the centuries, London Street Signs is about both keeping track of history and the signage itself.
The street signs serve as "temporal anchors" and give a visual and written overview of typographical developments, design changes, the availability of new materials and even the history of the area. In the book there are signs with the now defunct London postcode area N.E. that was no longer used in London over 150 years ago and now represents the Newcastle region of Great Britain.
London Street Signs by Alistair Hall will be published by Batsford on September 3rd. pavilionbooks.com/imprints/batsford