In November 2011, I posted how demolition of a building damaged by fire had revealed a wall sealed off for decades and on which was a well preserved, hand painted advertising hoarding from 1911. https://gregpoppleton.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/840/
That sign was vandalised, then disappeared in the new development that replaced the burnt-out building.
To the developer’s great credit, they hired a sign-writer to reproduce the historic commercial artwork in the entranceway of their new building.
Strolling down Sydney’s main street, George Street, now largely dug up and traffic-free as a new tramline gets put in…
I spot another revealed vintage sign from the Art Deco 1920s, again seeing the light of day as a building is demolished, and again in good condition after 90 years this time…
I particularly like the heraldic shield for this men and boys clothing department store.
While the centre is gone, the wolf inside the top of the crest suggests to me a piece of commercial whimsy – a wolf in sheep’s clothing for a store selling woollens.
Peapes was a descendant of the famous 17th century London diarist, Samuel Pepys. So Pepy’s bewigged head was stitched into the label of all tailored Peapes dandyware.
Here’s a glimpse of the storefront in the 1950s I found on Flickr-
The Hotel Plaza above Wynyard Station is long gone, too. And the old Wynyard tunnel from George Street down to the train platforms – the old tunnel where Bodgies and Widgies hung out in 1947 and hadn’t much changed over the years – is now also being rebuilt.
Oh, and the Wiki article I’ve linked Bodgies and Widgies to, referring to them as a 1950s rock’n’roll youth culture is wrong.