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Re: Strange shop sign uncovered- Chatham/Rochester High Street
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2013, 20:59:00 »
I'm almost certain I visited the office in the mid 60s to place a small ad or two in the Observer.  I'm sure that you have the right occupant.  In those days you certainly didn't have 3 figure phone nos.  I believe that they were usually five.

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Re: Strange shop sign uncovered- Chatham/Rochester High Street
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2013, 20:33:14 »
That would unbalance it again.
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« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2013, 20:07:05 »
With perhaps a telephone number (in those days something like 'Chatham 127') also in a smaller size, at the other end?

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Re: Strange shop sign uncovered- Chatham/Rochester High Street
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2013, 18:21:18 »
And, if like most shopfronts, the number is in a smaller size, it would fit. 
I wondered who'd be the first to think of that :)
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Re: Strange shop sign uncovered- Chatham/Rochester High Street
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2013, 18:09:28 »
And, if like most shopfronts, the number is in a smaller size, it would fit.  On balance the fact that 'observer' seems to be the only word that fits and the building was once the offices of the Chatham Observer, I think we've pretty much solved this one!
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Re: Strange shop sign uncovered- Chatham/Rochester High Street
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2013, 18:00:29 »
Sorry, er no, actually enjoying, being awkward, but there are 2 figures in the number :)
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Re: Strange shop sign uncovered- Chatham/Rochester High Street
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2013, 16:18:08 »
I was just typing a post with the same suggestion MedKev86!
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Re: Strange shop sign uncovered- Chatham/Rochester High Street
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2013, 16:16:51 »
Perhaps the building number is on the right thus evening things up

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Re: Strange shop sign uncovered- Chatham/Rochester High Street
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2013, 16:01:23 »
It's odd that there's an equal space at each end. Entered into my crossword solver, '?bserver?' produces 'observers' and '??bserver??' gives 'no words found'.
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Re: Strange shop sign uncovered- Chatham/Rochester High Street
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2013, 15:38:21 »
If I have it right that is 58 High Street.  In 1971 Kelly's Directory lists that address as the offices of the 'Chatham, Rochester & Gillingham Evening Post' and 'Kent Messenger.'  However, in 1963 no.56 is listed as the office of the 'Chatham Observer' newspaper with the 'Kent Messenger' at 58, and in 1959 no.58 is the offices for the 'Chatham Observer', 'Kent Messenger' and 'South Eastern Gazette.'

I suspect that sign dates to the time of its use as the Chatham Observer offices.  Sadly I don't have any earlier Directories at hand to check.
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Re: Strange shop sign uncovered- Chatham/Rochester High Street
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2013, 15:17:11 »
The bit that's still there looks central, so it seems that there's 1 or 2 letters missing from each end
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Re: Strange shop sign uncovered- Chatham/Rochester High Street
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2013, 13:48:20 »
I feel that the obscured letter could very well be the missing 'O' of 'Observer' so there is a possibility you could be wrong...... :) :)

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Strange shop sign uncovered- Chatham/Rochester High Street
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2013, 12:31:47 »
Where the Tapas bar / PocoLoco restaurant is, they are doing some renovations and the obscured word 'BSERVER' has appeared - Would anyone know or remember what this sign said? I don't think its for the Observer newspaper but I may be wrong ....


 

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