We mentioned aeroplane nose art previously. Here is a picture of the Italian First World War fighter pilot Francessco Barracca which aertoons.com feature in their history of aviation “nose art”. It was the black prancing horse on the yellow background which Enzo Ferrari decided would fit perfectly with his concept of thoroughbred sporting motor cars.
People have always personalised planes and cars, motorbike and HotRod enthusiasts favour lining and striping which was common on much earlier modes of transports, coaches and horse drawn buggies. Although coachlining on production cars is very limited these days we are sometimes called upon to recreate the effects particularly on Bentleys and Rolls Royces. These often have a bit of lining on the wheels, the contemporary version of cart wheels. The lining on this horsedrawn milkfloat was already there, I was drafted in to add the signwritten lettering and supply the wooden header board in the style of the original Caterham cart of the photograph.
I copied the sides quite faithfully, but not having a photograph of the rear enabled me to swing the strokes to fit the space. The old fashioned milk bottles were copied from old posters, you got cream on the top in those days and the bottles were a different shape.We have an old milk churn in the garden which we have painted blue and added a bit of lettering to. Don Bennett collected lots of milk churns to give his 1960’s milk lorry an original feel.
Horse effect side swirls on JMB Virtue Horsebox
Another recent job with reflections in the past is at The Gallery on the Street in Puttenham, where I painted lettering onto the walls.
The hop design was drawn by a local artist who will be exhibiting in the studio and is a reference to the hops which used to be grown locally in the lea of the Hogs Back.
Hop motif above the door.
Black lettering before the addition of the hop design.