The Lewis & Skinner archives contain a number of drawings and photos of buildings, usually with mockups of the proposed signwriting job. Sometimes these signs-to-be were hand drawn on paper, sometimes on layers of tracing paper on top of photos of the existing building, and occasionally painted or drawn with crayons. Some show quite a degree of skill, whilst others are more 'naive'.
But all these mockups provide a window into how these ordinary buildings looked 50 or 60 years ago, the kinds of businesses that people passed by or used every day. So they hold interest for us now - though the people who created them would never have imaged where they ended up!
Diploma of Visual Art students from Victoria University explore the Lewis & Skinner Archive and research a selection of items in search of ghost signs around Melbourne.
This group took a personal journey through a selection of bay-side suburbs and nearby locations that formed a part of their individual hisotries and experiences in search of ghost signs related to the L&S Archive..
A selection of exhibits created by students at Victoria University and elsewhere