'E. Mono, For Value'. This wonderfully evocative shop sign on Kentish Town High Street has just resurfaced for one last gasp of air. The site has recently been a cafe. Now it's being spruced up, and the renovation work has uncovered this old sign from half-a-century or more ago.
It is marvellous that such mementoes of the past can be retrieved. And immensely sad that, in all likelihood, the last trace of this old high street business will soon disappear for ever.
A web search has revealed no information at all about this shop. 'Mono' is a very unusual surname. But what business did E. Mono conduct here? In what trade did he provide 'value'? And when did the shop close down?
If anyone has an old trade directory to hand - or perhaps a half-hour to spare in the local library - then do share what you discover.
UPDATE - 8th October 2011: I walked past this site today - the old sign is still there and spruced up. One of the developers told me that they plan to incorporate it in the new shop facade. Good one!
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