Since I started walking around London with my space suit and my board on I’ve become interested in the history of sandwich boards.  They date back, as far as I can tell, to the 1820s, when new advertising rules in London introduced new taxes that made billboards far more expensive.  More on this to follow – and something on a project that I have in mind – but first here are some pics that I’ve found.  If you have any others do let me know.

Sometimes people use them as a LinkedIn profile.  LinkedIn mobile app I guess.

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Sometimes for newspapers.

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Sometimes for gloomier purposes.

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This one (wearer and board) is quite busy.

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It’s an international phenomenon.

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Ad for a betting shop.

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I guess George Formby’s ticket sales were a bit low at this stage.

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You can’t really see the suit because of the board advertising this.  The brand manager was probably sacked.

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I remember this bloke from Oxford Circus.

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Here’s my attempt.  So far I have landed one new client – and £1.37p when I paused in Trafalgar Square.

Me in Trafalgar Square


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