As strange as I may be, I have always loved adverts. Advert stills; adverts on the tele; adverts on billboards… Similar to photographs in general, they capture a moment in time and can bring us closer to understanding that time – be it our own or one in history. In a previous issue of Best of British Magazine I read an article about ‘Ghost Signs’ and the ‘fading remnants of advertising past’. Ghost signs are old hand-painted advertisements that still remain from a bygone time. They are preserved on a building for nostalgic appeal, or indifference by the owner. They are everywhere when you start to look and I remember noting them as a child.The History of Advertising Trust has created an archive to record such signs. They encourage all of us to look around our local area, take photographs of any defunct advertisements we may find and send them in to the trust to preserve the history for future generations. The website is well worth a look, and I keep meaning to participate myself! Continue reading
As an inquisitive soul, and having a natural interest in social history, the concept of being able to travel through time cannot fail to grab my attention. Actually visiting a different era to see and experience first hand the tastes, smells and sights that I can ordinarily observe only in books or on screen, would be a dream come true. The television show Doctor Who (my first introduction to the theory) inspired in me an appreciation of Physics and Mathematics so that I might better understand Space-Time and all that it involves. I am mostly interested in the ideas and concepts. Below is a selection of books I own/ have read/ plan to read on the subject, and other related images of interest, including other science fiction shows that may touch on the subject.