Crouch End, Hornsey, Haringey, 1978
16s41: shop, reflection,Haringey, mirror, birdcage,
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Like many images
using reflections this one is a little difficult to sort out and recognise,
especially as the businesses shown have gone out of business since 1978
and some buildings have been altered significantly. It was taken looking
into the window of a junk shop opposite the junction of Park Rd and Middle
Lane, roughly at the start of The Broadway.
Two buildings have the names of companies; Thames Tyre Co Ltd and Westerns.
Thames Tyre have I think sunk without trace, but Westerns was a laundry
company with several shops around North London and their laundry was a few
years ago converted into an expensive restaurant in Drayton Park near Arsenal's
ground. Westerns Laundries Ltd was founded during the first few years of
the 20th century and by the 1960s was a part of the Sunlight group. The
shops remained open until the 1980s. A faded sign can still be seen on the
wall at the side of this branch, now Black Katz Lettings & Property Management,
in Middle Lane. The Thames Tyre Co Ltd is now 'Monkey Nuts', a wine bar
and steak house.
I was particularly interested in the mirror at the left with its birdcage
- I think there are two other mirrors in the image, as well as a further
reflection in the Tyre company window. There are five peope in this picture:
I'm visible at the left of the picture (and blocking the reflection in the
shop window make the mirror and birdcage and a long-haired man stand out.
The mirror close to the centre of the picture brings in a woman standing
on the pavement to my right; in front of the Tyre company is a woman adjusting
the blankets in a pram and at the extreme right above the third mirror another
face comes into the frame.
Film was expensive then, and I took only two frames, both with myself, the
birdcage in the mirror and the woman and pram and the buildings in almost