Wednesday, November 18, 2009

London (and Windsor) Alphabet

London and Windsor Alphabet

A. Column, Victoria and Albert Museum
B. Boots the Chemist
C. Charing Cross Road Station
D. St. Paul's Churchyard
E. Royal Cypher, Windsor Castle
F. Foyle's Bookshop
G. Entrance, National Portrait Gallery
H. Old Deanery, St. Paul's
I. Ladies' Room Sign, Windsor Guildhall
J. Jane Bostocke's Sampler
(the oldest known signed and dated sampler, 1598)
K. Railing of the Golden Gallery, St. Paul's Cathedral
L. Fire Plug Notice, Windsor Castle
M. Royal Insignia, Windsor Station
N. Monument to Queen Anne
O. Sign for the Moat Path, Windsor
P. "Mind the Gap," Tottenham Court Road
Q. Sign for Old Queen Street, Westminster
R. Sign for Thurloe Place, South Kensington
S. Restaurant Awning, Windsor
T. Turnbull and Asser, Tailors, Jermyn Street
U. Queen Mary Memorial, St. James's
V. Cypher of Queen Victoria, Mail Box, Windsor
W. Lamp Post, Piccadilly
X. Some Pub or Other (Ox? Fox? Goldilox?), Windsor
Y. Christmas Factory (No Kidding), Windsor
Z. Don't Remember Anything About This One Except
Being Relieved to Have Spotted
a Frigging Z on the Way to the Southampton

Postscript
We're home.

71 comments:

Anonymous said...

Whoa! While I was over at Ravelry wondering about an update from Franklin, a post magically appeared over here. And I'm first to comment! It's a good day.
Mary - SDKnitter

Becky said...

Welcome Home!! What mischief did Dolores get into on the return trip?

Sue said...

awesome!

JanKnitz said...

What a cool way to document a trip!

Looking forward to hearing more.

Fujiyamamama said...

What a fabulous collection!

Sandy said...

So Cool!

cindi said...

Inspired! I would love a tote bag with the London alphabet!

la takahashi said...

Welcome Home!
I am kind of a geek and would love to see the alphabet on a tote/card/cup. Is that silly?

Diane said...

The alphabet is such a cool way to remember your trip!

Wendy said...

Love it!

KnittingPuppy said...

LOVE the alphabet --- you are so very clever. My verification word for this comment is "prette" --- indeed!

--Mindy

PS: My sister wondered if Dolores helped write my turkey recipe for next week --- calls for the turkeybird to be well lubed and handcuffed (Anne Burrell of Food Network gets the real credit, although I bet she didn't write it out the way she described it on her show).

Lynn in Tucson said...

Oh, nice! I tried to do that when last in Chicago but I didn't get that far.

Anonymous said...

Old Queen Street. Calls to mind Quentin Crisp in "Orlando".

Deborah Robson said...

Thank you! The type-nut loves this.

Heather said...

Absolutely beautiful - thanks for taking the time to share these :)

tinyshinythings said...

Hi Franklin, what a great idea! As a Brit the B in Boots the Chemist was instantly recognisable.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant - just brilliant :o)

Barbi
x

cathairinmyknitting said...

I'm so glad you went to see Jane (Bostocke)! I try to check in on her every time I go to London. What a great way in general to look at things, with the letter collection. Thanks for sharing it!

123 123 said...

Nice story as for me. I'd like to read more about that theme.
By the way check the design I've made myself Russian escort

marj. said...

Glad you're back. I picked up Interweave Crochet last week solely because your name was on the cover.There are some pretty neat items and very little of the '70s colours - I may have to break out the hooks.

sewbeads said...

Beautiful! I love the black and white. Glad you are home, read you everyday and missed you.

Riin said...

Delightful!

CraftyGryphon said...

That's just fun! My cousin, presently in London, is going to try to find all the letters.

Including the elusive Z "on the way to Southhampton."

Neat way to explore the city!

Wool Free and Lovin' Knit said...

What a neat photo collection -- bet you'll be looking for a way to knit those up next. Welcome home!

Gerri in St Paul said...

Welcome home! Wonderful alphabet.

I also find the post's labels very interesting.

Shelda said...

Oh, you're the limit! What a wonderful photo essay. You're just the coolest bean!

Suzanne said...

Beautiful. Glad you're back. Missed you and can't wait to hear more.

Wudas said...

Great post! I love typefaces and I would never have thought of that.

Doris Miklitz said...

What a beautiful post, Franklin. Based on this, I think you would enjoy the Special Collections exhibit currently on at the University of Delaware Library: it's all about alphabets! http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/

Glad to read you're back home and am looking forward to more news.

Oh, and on a separate note, thanks for the wonderful day at Stitches With Style last month in Delaware! Truly enjoyed the history lesson along with the knitting instruction.

Rosi G. said...

you're so damn creative. missed ya! glad you're all home safe.

Susannah said...

I'd buy an art print of that. It's lovely.

Seanna Lea said...

That's some alphabet!

JK_in_KC said...

Love.

Angela said...

Your Z looks like the same typeface as the M. Is it an N that became sleepy while waiting for the bus?

SusieQ100 said...

Wonderful! You must have looked REALLY hard for the Z!! Wish I could have been at Iknit for the talk but we'd already been over in the summer. And by the way, my verification word is "yopdos" !!

Angeliner Mediner said...

Hope you had a good trip and glad to have you back! I was going through withdrawals!

anne marie in philly said...

YAYZ! hope harry writes a spirited travelog, and that dolores pokes her head in to say something.

apropos of nothing, the new holiday ornament is fabu; EVERYONE reading this blog should order one (or more)!

smooches!

susanr5 said...

Gorgeous!

You're sure you weren't lying on your side when you spotted that 'Z'?

(said the type juggler)

; )

Hannah said...

It was so good to meet you at I Knit! And to hear all about Dolores and some of her other goings-on. That is one baaaad sheep. I marked the row you knitted on my Lambies Shawl and Yvonne is going to crochet four tiny hearts for them, and I shall sew them along That Row. Come back soon. please.

Beth Vincelette said...

Wow! Great pics!! I am very envious of talent in this area as I have none. Can't wait to hear more details about your trip. Welcome home!!

Kristen said...

Sighing from the loveliness of it all!

Lydia said...

How wonderfully clever and inventive
to search for letters to make an alphabet
in or should I say of a new city. Must borrow this idea - thank you! and my best regards to Dolores.

Liz said...

Oh, bravo! You got them all! Well done!

Alwen said...

Awesomesauce!

Welcome back. We ordered the weather special, but, er . . .

Caroline said...

Wow, that is gorgeous. Thanks for the eye candy.

Liz G. said...

Brilliant! Absolutely love it.

Rabbitch said...

Welcome back.

Linda said...

Ya know, when you don't post, I get antsy. Then, you return with such éclat! Was it the ocean spray and the heave and swell of the waves?

You're inspiring, typographically and in so many other ways.

Liz said...

I just want to say that that was amazing. Very cool.

FiberQat said...

Welcome home,m'dere. Hope you have some fun and relaxing plans for Thanksgiving. You deserve a break from all your jaunts.

The alphabet is wonderful. Knowing where they came from makes it even more delightful. Definitely a print.

Anonymous said...

You DO see the World differently, don't you, Franklin?! And we are all jealous as hell, wishing WE had thought of it...not wanting to copy but wanting to do the same thing.

Thanks so much for your inspiration and generosity of spirit.

Not only is the alphabet charming (but I do wonder about the "Z" as well!) but I love that you added the locations.

Irene in MI

Suzanne said...

What a delight for the eyes! Thank you for the trouble it took to see, photograph, and load this terrific alphabet

R said...

Good thing you did include the locations/origins. I kept wondering how you could see V when it was so clearly R (my own initial). Victoria Regina makes sense.

Anonymous, too said...

Welcome back!

I, too, wonder about the Z, especially as you could have stopped in Foyle's or any newsagents and found a Z on the "A-to-Zed" -- the London street directory!

Of course, I'm sure there's a Z somewhere in all the papers pertaining to Dolores' encounters with the press/police/Royal family/Ministry of Defense/all of the above.

My word verification is "cistalis" -- sounds like something those Internet pharmacies always want me to buy.

Bobbi said...

Thanks for taking us along sight seeing!!

David said...

Brilliant.

Laura said...

Very interesting post, thank you. In keeping with the alphabet topic, you might like the Abecedarium, in the making by union purl.
http://unionpurl.blogspot.com/

mildawg said...

Lovely photography! Clearly, the J is my favorite ;)

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