Between the mid 1950s and early 80s this Allen’s SWEETS sign was one of Melbourne's most animated and colourful large scale neon signs. The sign was situated where Southbank is now, and you could see it from Princes Bridge and most platforms on Flinders Street Station
This neon sign was approximately 30 metres wide and 12 metres high, and its animation cycle went for around 30 seconds. It would illuminate Allen’s SWEETS, then ‘Cool, Cool, Koolmints', or 'Anticol Cough Drops', with animated Anticol lollies coming out of the packet.
There was also an animated firework effect, where a stream of lights as shown in the design would trail up and over until a neon firework exploded into different colours and alternating colours would also rain down.
Original retro prints celebrating the culture, architecture and design of Melbourne and Australia.
Inspired by art from the 1950s and 60s, Harper and Charlie use vintage print techniques to achieve their authentic feel. If you look closely you might be able to spot the careful details - slipped registration, slight colour-bleed, or light scuffs in the design - that give these beautiful prints their warmth and character.
All Harper and Charlie prints are designed and made right here in Melbourne using the highest quality commercial grade inks. All prints use premium grade Ilford 180gsm matt paper.
Large prints will be posted carefully rolled in a tube and protected with a layer of brown paper. A4 prints will be posted flat, sandwiched between Kraft board.
Material(s): Commercial grade pigment inks, ILFORD 180gsm matt paper.
Dimensions (cm): Small - 27 x 21 (A4), medium - 40 x 30 (A3), large - 80 x 60 (A1).
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