This pleasing type looms large at the bend in the road along Mullens Street, Balmain. This image comes from my book Type Town: a neighbourhood of glyphs, graffiti, ligatures and legs, which will be launched at the exhibition Typecast on Wednesday 22 August. All welcome!
There’s a lot of visual noise along the stretch of Parramatta Road where this sign is displayed, so the use of yellow on black, while not necessarily sparkling, certainly makes it noticeable.
This substation, in Ramsay Street, Five Dock, shows the original signage, still in excellent condition. The elegant lettering sits in contrast to the harsh concrete and brick building, and is typical of substations of the era.