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Sign - Billy Bunter Pies, circa 1960 Object Reg. No: SH 921164

Summary:
Metal shop advertising sign with legs, for Billy Bunter Pies, circa 1960, used at the Old Lolly Shop, Carlton North.

The Old Lolly Shop was a milk bar opened and run by Elizabeth and Henry Cohen at 314 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North, from 1939 to 1975.
Description:
Metal sign with legs, rectangular in shape. Portrait in design. Ground colour white with photographic image of plump freckled faced boy and pie in foreground. Yellow band across top with text. Text also appears along left hand side of sign. Reverse plain metal gold in colour. Sign attached to grey metal support frame.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Alan Cohen, 1992
Acknowledgement:
Donated in memory of Elizabeth and Henry Cohen.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 76.50 cm (Height), 30.50 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: advertising signs, jewish communities, religions judaism, retailing, shops, pies
Themes this item is part of: Old Lolly Shop Collection, Cultural Diversity Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: COMMERCE & RETAILING
Secondary Classification: Milk Bars
Tertiary Classification: advertising
Inscriptions: Black, red and yellow print: Billy Bunter/Pies/ Old/Style/Butter/Pastry.
User: The Old Lolly Shop, Carlton North, Victoria, Australia, circa 1960-1975

Comments

Gerri Posted on 22 Apr 2010 1:15 PM
I am just learnt that the subject of the plump freckle faced boy for Billy Bunter pies is a relative. Any chance of you being able to provide an image for Sign - Billy Bunter Pies, circa 1960 Reg. No: SH 921164 ? Many thanks
Discovery Centre Posted on 23 Apr 2010 12:35 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Gerri - We have forwarded your request to the Museum's Images Services department to see if we have an image of this sign on file. We will be in touch with further details for you soon.
greg murray Posted on 13 Jun 2011 11:50 AM
I RECENTLY OBTAINED A BILLY BUNTER SIGN AT A CLEARANCE SALE IN NOWA NOWA VICTORIA WHAT IT WOULD BE DOING ON A FARM I HAVE NO IDEA WERE THE PIES SOLD IN THIS AREA
Max Martin Designs Posted on 15 Jun 2011 3:38 PM
I redesigned the Billy Bunter pie sign when the new square pie came out around 1967 when working at a Design Studio. The face of the school boy disappeared from the sign and I ended up working in Fiji at an advertising agency where I met up with the original model for the Billy Bunter character when he came to work as an advertising executive. I still have the square pie sign if you would like it as a donation to the museum. It is in pretty good condition. I also have a photo of the original sign taken out the front of the Tooradin Hotel. Let me know if you would like a copy of this as well. Cheers Max
Catherine Posted on 20 Jul 2011 7:17 PM
The original Billy Bunter boy is my Dad!
Max Martin Posted on 09 Aug 2011 9:55 AM
Hi Catherine, Please give my best regards to your Dad who I worked with at C. H. Lucas advertising in Fiji in the 70's. I was the graphic designer there. I have sent a photo to the Curator of the Museum of myself and my wife Martha in 1971 with the pie sign showing your Dad Kevin outside the Tooradin Hotel. Maybe they will upload it. Cheers Max
Annamarie Schuller Posted on 02 Jun 2012 9:29 PM
Catherine,
I've just discovered (through Gerri - see her blog above), that your father was a cousin of my mother - Jacqueline Hopper. Amazing, as I remember the Billy Bunter Pie advertisement from when I was a child, but had no idea I was related to the boy in the advertisement! Life is full of surprises :)

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