Nicholas Brewer

Often painting by hand artists known as ‘Wall Dogs’ would have created the advert that I photographed this morning. This dangerous work was most prevalent between the war years. Without the modern Health & Safety that we take for granted this was hazardous work using lead paint. Street lighting as we know it would not have existed so during the winter the working day would have been very short. It is easy to imagine the ‘Wall Dogs’ using lead paint with a fag in their mouth dangling precariously from ropes many feet above the ground. As the brick is porous it would have taken numerous coats of paint to ensure that the advert could been seen from the road. 134 Kingsland Road is now  Sông Quê Café.

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