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Midland Red
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1 of 29  Tue 14th Jun 2011 7:36pm  
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At the corner of Swan Lane and Burlington Road is this "ghost ad" Most of it is legible, but the important bits (name and date) aren't Anyone remember it (it's close to Freddie Birds!) Cheers
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2 of 29  Sat 18th Jun 2011 11:16am  
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Thanks to Rob and to Dean Nelson for their help This has now been found to be W Hamson The legend at the top of the building refers to Hamson's address : 324 Swan Lane Cheers !
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Wighter
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3 of 29  Sun 3rd Jul 2011 1:09am  
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I lived at 2, Burlington road in the mid 1970's! (Directly opposite!) Can't remember this. Had to look on Google Earth! LOL!!!
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Midland Red
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4 of 29  Sat 9th Jul 2011 9:37pm  
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On the way home from this morning's forumites' breakfast meeting, I came across this : a) can anyone decipher it ? b) does anyone know the location ? (I do, of course ! )
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PhilipInCoventry
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5 of 29  Sun 10th Jul 2011 4:24pm  
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Can I have a clue of area involved?
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dutchman
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6 of 29  Sun 10th Jul 2011 5:09pm  
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Is it Bishop Street? This doeasn't make any sense to me but may be a clue to somebody: GROUNDMAN'S ELECTRICAL CAR SHORTING AND COMMERCIAL SIMULATOR MANUFACTURER
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Midland Red
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7 of 29  Sun 10th Jul 2011 5:46pm  
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It's Lower Ford Street - opposite side of the road from Seymour's
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rob58uk
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8 of 29  Mon 11th Mar 2013 9:16pm  
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The building in original picture on the corner of Burlington Road used to be a newsagents/sweet shop, if you look closely of google maps you can see the bottom half is newer brickwork. I was born in Burlington Road in the late 50's and I used to buy my sweets here on my way to school.
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Greg
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9 of 29  Tue 12th Mar 2013 8:25pm  
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After playing with colours etc. in photoshop I reckon I have picked out most of the letters which are still readable.
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Midland Red
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10 of 29  Wed 13th Mar 2013 11:23am  
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Hi Greg - isn't it annoying I've done the same in the past, and just had another look It appears to me that the important part - the name - has been painted on at least twice - if you look at the far right, there's clearly an S but next to it, in different type, is another, less clear, S from a previous painting The start of the name is virtually illegible, but I think it could end in UNDERS - I've look for Saunders but with no luck The words across the bottom are SIMULATOR MANUFACTURERS, and above that is . . . . . SPECIALISTS Thanks for your efforts, much appreciated! Cheers
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11 of 29  Sat 16th Mar 2013 11:11am  
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Lovely photo - hope someone completely solves the mystery! Oh my
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scrutiny
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12 of 29  Sat 16th Mar 2013 11:26am  
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Just to put the cat among the pigeons. To me it looks like Accumulator Manufacturer which would tie in with the car lighting. The A is right near the end of the wall.
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NormK
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13 of 29  Sat 16th Mar 2013 11:42am  
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Hi Mattash. I have been watching the progress of this, and after studying it personally I am pretty sure it says "IGNITION SPECIALISTS". What is your opinion? Thumbs up
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Midland Red
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14 of 29  Sat 16th Mar 2013 11:45am  
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On 16th Mar 2013 11:26am, scrutiny said: Just to put the cat among the pigeons. To me it looks like Accumulator Manufacturer which would tie in with the car lighting. The A is right near the end of the wall.
I think you're probably correct, having had another peek at it Thumbs up
On 16th Mar 2013 11:42am, NormK said: Hi Mattash. I have been watching the progress of this, and after studying it personally I am pretty sure it says "IGNITION SPECIALISTS" What is your opinion? Thumbs up
Thanks for that Norm - it almost certainly does say that Thumbs up
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scrutiny
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15 of 29  Sat 16th Mar 2013 12:58pm  
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I think you are right about Ignition Norm. Each time you look you can see something different. Thumbs up In the Grace's guide I can find no manufacturer 1912-13 for that kind of electrical work in Lower Ford St. I am almost sure that shop or the one next to it used to sell art work or similar in the late 50s/early 60s.
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