OLD COMPTON STREET, SOHO, 1960
Original GPO poster, 26"x36".
Art by Peter Edwards.
"Correct address - Please use the correct district number".
This poster's fascinatingly detailed artwork - an absolute time capsule of Soho in the era of Colin MacInnes's seminal book 'Absolute Beginners'' - shows Old Compton Street approaching the junction with Dean Street. Visibile are shop signs in Greek, Italian and French, and historically identifiable businesses such as the white fronted French grocery shop on Dean Street, the Heaven & Hell coffee bar ('Inferno e Paradiso'), 'Going Gay' Jewelery, La Tosta restaurant, The Swiss Hotel and Tavern, and likely others. Bomb site? Francis Bacon.