By Tom Spalding
Foreword by Phil Baines
What links a dedicated group of Irish patriots and language enthusiasts, the Emperor Trajan and the AA? The unlikely answer is they all had roles to play in the design and appearance of Ireland's street signage. This book explores the evolution of signage in Cork from 1750 to 2000, with some diversions to Dublin, Waterford, Kilkenny, London and Bristol along the way. This is an accessible study which touches on the major forces which shaped Ireland's history in the last quarter of a millennium and shows how they literally left their impression on the streets of Ireland's 'rebel' city.
About the author: Tom Spalding is an engineer, designer and educator with a particular interest in street furniture and the built environment. He was formerly a lecturer in the Dublin Institute of Technology's School of Art, Design & Printing, and is the author of two other books about Cork's built environment, Cork City: A Field Guide to its Street Furniture and A Guide to Cork's 20th Century Architecture. Despite having been resident in Cork on-and-off for more than 30 years, he has signally failed to perfect a proper Cork accent and suspects he may always be a 'blow-in'.
Publication date: February 2013
Format: 230mm x 165mm
Paperback, thread sewn
Illustrations: 3 B/w line
drawings & 85 colour plates
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