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  • We really do have it easy compared to signmakers back in the day

    Posted by Peter Cassidy on May 20, 2023 at 9:00 pm

    I came across this old photograph while browsing the internet. This really does make you think how lucky we are today having the likes of proper scaffold and various types of fancy cherrypickers that we can hire out at any time.
    (Not that I know them but)
    The signwriter on this plank is Peter Millman and the photographer is Barry Mossop, who was the second signwriter on the site, using the same ladders and baton platform.

    RobertLambie replied 12 months ago 11 Members · 12 Replies
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  • RobertLambie

    Administrator
    May 21, 2023 at 6:03 pm

    Brilliant photograph, Peter. Looking at the time, I wonder if they managed to paint that last letter before 5pm ? ๐Ÿค”
    Over the years, I have employed people that would be packing up the ladders at this time, so they are walking off-site at 5 pm, even with one letter to go! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚

    • David Rogers

      Member
      May 22, 2023 at 1:12 pm

      “Over the years, I have employed people that would be packing up the ladders at this time, so they are walking off-site at 5 pm, even with one letter to go!”

      Yup, had 3 guys – one as ‘lead’ out on a job many years ago. Dropped the scaffolding tower and headed back for 5pm instead of staying 15 minutes to kill off the job…last day he ever worked for me.

  • RobertLambie

    Administrator
    May 21, 2023 at 6:07 pm

    You are correct, we do have it so much easier these days. Not only with our fancy forms of access but literally making the signs too. sign written with traditional paint brushes, gold leaf methods or today, type a word, pick a font and hit cut! ๐Ÿค“

    These photos are of Butterfield Signs based in Bradford.

    I have worked at on many high-up signs from scaffold and cherrypickers, I have just spent Friday there, on a cherrypicker installing two, 25ft x 5ft illuminated pan signs about 30ft up. And I still would refuse to point blank to go up those ladders and walk that plank of wood. ๐Ÿคฃ

  • Jamie Wood

    Member
    May 22, 2023 at 9:12 am

    Looking at the first photo makes me feel sick…..

  • David Hammond

    Member
    May 22, 2023 at 11:35 am

    I’m sure there’s still people out there who’ll think it’s acceptable these days ๐Ÿ˜‚

    I hate ladders to start with so don’t need much of a reason not to use them where ever possible.

  • Jeff

    Member
    May 22, 2023 at 5:10 pm

    Wooden ladders and a wooden baton. No thank you!
    That first picture in colour is bad enough, but “three” guys walking a plank back and forth. As it bounces the others are trying to concentrate, paint and balance without putting a foot wrong. You have to be desperate or stupid. ๐Ÿ˜ง๐Ÿ™„

  • Karen White

    Member
    May 23, 2023 at 10:18 am

    no no no!

    what is to stop those ladders from slipping or separating? ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  • Joe Killeen

    Member
    May 23, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    My first day out as a sign fitter (not that long ago in my memory) was working up on 60′ ladders hauling up all the drills and tools tie everything to the ladder and up and down all day till the job was done. I never told a lie in a job interview again (when asked had I a fear of heights, stupidly I said no) thank god things have changed in the last 35 years ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Leslie Anderson

    Member
    May 24, 2023 at 6:45 am

    i do not mean this in a nasty way. but i find those pictures so sad to look at.
    the photographs are amazing and very interesting. but i also find it sad to see people willing to risk their lives to be able to earn a living. ๐Ÿ˜ง

  • Colin Crabb

    Member
    May 24, 2023 at 12:20 pm

    Just shown staff and told them we will be using this technique instead of hiring a cherry picker next time ๐Ÿคฃ

  • Mark Johnston

    Member
    May 25, 2023 at 9:41 am

    There is sign fitting crazy or stupid and then there is crazy or stupid. ๐Ÿคจ

  • RobertLambie

    Administrator
    May 30, 2023 at 11:27 am

    From one extreme to another…
    A very cool installation to see, but this was at the top of a skyscraper-type building.
    I think I would leave this to the abseiling experts.
    https://youtube.com/shorts/nyyZqB_htMU?feature=share

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