Signs of the times
In clearing the shop and yard we found some old shop signs which we found interesting - they are shown here in temporary poses but you will see some of them in the re-opened shop.
In the office there were numerous old style signs. You will be able to see some of the old signs on display in the new juice and coffee bar 'Yard 5' within the new Blue Door Bicycles shop.
There have been other shop signs at the front of the shop over time:
Suppliers also provided signs.
Rudge was a British manufacturer of bicycles - this illuminated sign was filthy and needed new chain, but it works and is now in Yard 5 at Blue Door Bicycles.
Norman were also an English manufacturer. This sign was found in the yard covered in grot - as it is glass, it cleaned up well.
The following picture shows adverts up in the shop when it closed as Central Cycle and Auto in late December 2010.
Upper Norwood Chamber sign found buried in the counter area. We found a number of photos of Chamber events. The Chamber still extists and Blue Door Bicycles is a member.
Also behind the counter were two more gems - unearthed after more than a month of clearance!
We put off the clearance of the area under the stairs until after most of the rest of the shop had been cleared. This is where we found the old tv, the magic lantern slides and this Rudge sign which has probably been buried here for 50 years.
When stripping out the shop window area for re-furbishing, we found this gem...
This sign was buried in the counter area. It predates the Talbots by almost 15 years as it refers to the 1935 price list:
We thought we'd found all there was to find until in October we had the old gas meters removed. Underneath one of these we found this old Rudge sign offering easy terms on the purchase of a bike.
We found the following rather nice Christmas ads printed on thick card in the shop.
In September 2012 (18 months after we started clearing the old shop) this nice old sign surfaced in the basement. I think it must date from the 1930s.
Blue Door Bicycles will be carrying on the tradition of hand drawn signs and has commissioned Michael Parperis of Traditional Signs to make the new signs for the front of the shop.
Staff also use the chalk boards to good effect.
and many of the leaflets are hand drawn (and printed locally by Words and Pictures on recycled paper!)
September Sale 2012:
Yard 5 Coffee shop/smoothie bar sign made by Erik Thulen.
For the 're-born' Central Cycles shop look at our other website: Bluedoorbicycles.com.