This small and free museum is devoted to the Helsinki trams and located at the City´s oldest tram depot (from 1900), which is a part of Korjaamo Cultural Factory. The museum presents tram history on grassroots level, from a passenger´s point of view. They have historic trams on display that you and your kids can climb around on and stamp your own tickets there also. On the wall there are lot of old, wooden and handpainted signs from 1920-30´s. I really love the colors and style of the these vintage signs.
For some reason, this yellow, plastic barber shop sign with missing and repaired fonts and very old phone number fascinates me. Such varying typography from 60´s looks actually quite trendy to me. This small barber shop, J&S Parturi is located in Töölö, at Vänrikki Stoolinkatu 10.
Here is another beautiful wall signature of contractor Leuto A. Pajunen at Arkadiankatu 14, Töölö. This green house was built in 1921 and the famous sculptor Gunnar Finne had his ateljé there in that time. In the 1960’s his ateljé was transformed into a restaurant and nowadays you can find one of the best Finnish restaurants, Ateljé Finne, over there.
Restaurant Lehtovaara is among Helsinki’s longest-established restaurants. Founded by Confectioner Emil Lehtovaara in Vyborg in 1916, it was sold to Stockholm-born Ragnar Hansson in 1922. When the Winter War (1939) began, most of Vyborg’s citizens were evacuated and Hansson moved Lehtovaara to Helsinki in 1940. The restaurant has occupied the same premises ever since, in the Taka-Töölö neighbourhood next to the Sibelius Park. This beautiful neon sign above the door is probably designed in 40´s, too.
Last sunday i was cycling around town and found this very stylish iron gate at Lutherinkatu14B, Töölö area. This house near Temppeliaukio is built in 1927 and the condensed sans serif typography must be from that time also.
I know the history of this house, built in 1912, only that Armi Ratia established her first Marimekko dressmaker shop here, at Tunturikatu 1, Töölö. The typography of the house number is very far from Marimekko´s simple and graphic style.
Töölö is a district which is famous for its functional architecture. This house, designed by Gunnar Nordström, was built in 1933 for the child care. Now it has been lovingly restored and is still one of the finest buildings in this area . Above the entrance, the typography is subtle and very well designed.
Töölön Kisahalli, Töölö Sports Hall is an old sports venue, designed by Aarne Hytönen and Risto-Veikko Luukkonen. It was originally built in 1935 as an Exhibition Hall for concerts, banquets and sporting events, but is now used only for training and competition in various sports. During the Helsinki Olympics 1952 gymnastics, wrestling, boxing, weightlifting events and basketball finals were held at Töölö Sports Hall.
The old Kino Ritz movie theatre neon sign from late 30´s is one of finest in Helsinki. It was named after Lauri Reitz, the builder and owner of the house. Cinema screenings ended in 1986 and since then the house has served as a billiard hall. Fortunately somebody understood to conserve this unique piece of sign.