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Signwriting Horseboxes

 

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.

Baracca Nose Art

 

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.

Horse Drawn Milk Float

 

Traditional Signwriting on Milk Float

 

Sigwriting to rear of cart

 

Wooden Header Board

 

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.

Don Bennett with lorry and trademan’s cycle
Don had me paint this in the style of the fleet Bennetts lorries (no relation I believe) which my father, Allen, had signwritten before I was born and who were Don’s first employers.
Bennett Lorry Loading Silver City Freighter
Silver City were based at Blackbushe Airport on the A30 just outside Camberley and Allen Thrower regularly worked on these planes and Dan Air aircraft at Lasham Airport near Odiham.
My Grandfather Tom Phillips was a haulier working mainly out of Wokingham railway station. He is pictured here on a fine cart with suitable adverts for products of the period.
 We have been working on quite a few horseboxes recently. All vinyl work on these nowadays. Four Quarters Polo Transporter a few weeks back.

Four Quarters Polo Pony Transporter at JMB Horsepower

Also some decorative decals for refurbished lorries at JMB Horsepower.
   
Front and rear graphics with side stripes
Refurbished Horsebox at JMB with sidestripes and decoration

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.

 

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