Thursday, 1 August 2013

Signs of the Times - Thematic Photography

On my Wednesday morning jaunt I often stop at my favourite coffee shop in Yarm - Coffee @ Elliotts. Some of the walls show signs of times gone by.

Daily Sketch 3 June 1940
Another headline from the Sketch on page 15 had this to offer:

Daily Sketch - 21 June 1941
The Daily Sketch founded in 1909 was described as Britain's oldest tabloid newspaper when it closed in 1971 when it was merged with the Daily Mail.

Stockton-on-Tees High Street reputedly the widest in England is in the middle of a redevelopment. At one of the street I found this:

The Globe Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees
Restoration work of the theatre has been underway for a number of years but has recently stalled. It should have reopened by now but has still to be completed. The restoration overseen by English Heritage is meant to maintain its Art Deco character. Among the faces on the mural are Paul McCartney, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison.

The Beatles played here twice; the first time on the night of 22 November 1973, the day that JFK was assassinated.

Whether the building remains a sign of times gone by or is a sign of things to come remains to be seen,

The theatre shot includes two established road signs. A local road has something much more modern.

Solar powered road sign.
I've waited days to get a shot of it illuminated by a speeding car - but have never been quick enough to catch one. Meanwhile a much more mundane warning is on the road itself.

For more signs of progress, or perhaps not, please check out what others have to show by visiting Carmi's Thematic-photographic-254.


Rob From Amersfoort said...

The Beatles 2nd album was released on 22 November 1963 as well. Nice mural!

Max Sartin said...

Love the old newspapers, and the side of the building is cool too. Great set of photos.

Little Nell said...

I take it they weren't all on the same bill - that would have been a show to see!

Carmi Levy said...

My in-laws used to have wallpaper that was made up of old newspaper clippings. Your scenes are much richer and resonant. The journalist in me loves this sequence, Bob!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the Globe makes it back to life. The world needs more theatre.

Carole Anne Carr said...

You always bring back memories for me, I saw my first opera at the Globe Stockton on Tees, and went to the Girls' Grammar there.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I thought the girls were supposed to be on page 3?

Nice signs, Bob.

Karen S. said...

Nice busy sign work, but my favorite is the reminder, slow down, smell some flowers and enjoy the journey! Yes, I get all that with the words slow down!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob .. what a great selection - and bits of history I had no idea about ..

I do hope the Globe gets a resurgence ...

I remember where I was when JFK was killed - and we did watch the Beatles on the tv at the Palladium .. but I never went to a show ..

Cheers and I do love the two "Go Slow" Signs as we wend our way SSSSSSS through life! Hilary

Jo said...

We have signs which react to the speed of cars, but they aren't like that one. I was in the terrible 2s when those newspapers were published.

Carole Anne Carr said...

Thank you so much for joining Cake and Custard, Bob.

Michèle Dextras said...

Great representation of the signs of the times! From way back into the 1940s to present time "get people in cars to slow down! Thanks Bob.

Carole Anne Carr said...

Nothing much has changed, has it Bob. Children are just the same.

Gilly's Camera said...

liking that last one....v much indeed

Rosalind Adam said...

That solar powered road sign is definitely a sign of the times. That Slow sign reminded me of a sign I saw a few months ago in Ireland. It said "Slow" and then about a metre further on it said "Slower"

jessbrady1035 said...

Love those newspapers and the solar powered sign! Neat interpretations :)