‘Found Type’ around Sydney

If you enjoy typography, go out and find it! – Fiona Hudson

Just as Robert Brownjohn once did in New York, Fiona often scours the streets and train stations of Sydney with her camera, looking for specimens of ‘found type’. Her collection is growing, as are the number of found-type enthusiasts worldwide. I first came across Fiona’s Sydney Found Type collection, while researching the work of Stephen Banham. While there are many similar galleries of type in the wilds of the internet, I especially enjoyed this one because – having once lived in Sydney myself – many of the signs were familiar to me.

Surry Hills Shop Facade

A Shop Facade in Surry Hills

Fiona’s collection isn’t large, but as I perused further I was surprised to find three pieces of our own work included. I must say, it does feel good to have our signs ‘found’ among the millions of signs in this sprawling city. Here are some of my favourite of Fiona’s photos:

Strand Arcade Sign

We didn’t make this one, but we did make the wrought-iron-style poster stands inside the Strand Arcade.

Architectural Letter

Vernacular Sign Manly

A Vernacular Sign in Manly

Letters at The Rocks

Faux-Dimensional Window Letters at The Rocks

A Ghost Sign in Manly

A Ghost Sign in Manly

A Notice Board in North Sydney

A Notice Board in North Sydney

Elizabeth Rosa Sign

We didn’t make this one either, but we did make a four-foot-long replica fountain pen inside this stationery shop in Leura

Essen Restaurant Sign

The sign we made for Essen Restaurant in Ultimo. Read more about this sign on the Clover Signs Blog.

Fish at The Rocks Sign

The Sign we Made for Fish at The Rocks. Read more about it in an earlier blog post.

Union Hotel Sign

One of the Signs we made for Union Hotel in North Sydney. Read more about the project here.

4 thoughts on “‘Found Type’ around Sydney

  1. Always interesting to see signs…, from the title, and, from the first example, I thought
    this was going to be “type, or lettering, dimensional, either concave off convex, as in the J. CLARE photo. This got me thinking about the different one I’ve see here in Vancouver, B.C. and elsewhere in the world. Most often, if concave, it’s in cast cement, and the convex, ?? letters covered in cement or plaster. Actually, concave,convex probably isn’t the right therm for this method, ….neither is “an innie or an outtie” either ;o) I will be taking photos of them from now on… John

  2. Hey John, I hadn’t thought much about the terminology for convex vs. concave lettering. I’m not even real sure of the process that was used in making the convex architectural letters. A lot of the larger heritage buildings here in Australia have beautiful architectural letters, often for businesses that are now long gone. I’d love to compare with some of the older signs in Vancouver.

    Great stuff, Pete. I’ve taken a few photos around here, too. Might be a good blog post one day.

    Thanks Stefan. Your blog is a treasure trove for ghost-sign enthusiasts!

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