Pharmacist Yrjö Wilhelm Jalander bought a corner plot of Korkeavuorenkatu and Ratakatu, where he built in 1920 a residential building, well-known as a Jalander house. In this house he opened a pharmacy, which served in the same place until 2007. This Leo-pharmacy represents the Danish brick architecture style. Granite relief above the entrance is designed by sculptor Viktor Jansson. Unfortunately, I do not know who designed this fine glass sign with its golden letters.
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.
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.
Handelsgillet is a traditional private gentlemen ’s club , and the oldest of its kind in Finland . Club apartment has been located in the same spot at Kasarminkatu 23 since 1926. The house was built in 1918 and designed by architects von Essen, Kallio & Ikäläinen. These bold, golden letters are still very stylish.
”Privata svenska flickskolan” building company bought up a plot in Töölö, at the corner of Apollonkatu 12 and Minervankatu 3, and in the autumn 1927 they released an architectural competition, which was won by architect Eva Kuhlefelt-Ekelund. In spring 1928, construction could be started and in september 1929 students could move in and schoolwork could begin. This beautiful, functionalist building is absolutely one of Töölö´s landmarks. The architect seemed to had had a very good eye for graphic design and typography 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.
With a history dating back to the 1850s, Ekberg is considered a beloved veteran of the Finnish café and confectionary culture. Today their business includes a café and patisserie with own bakery, as well as a catering service and a rental space for private events. I do not know the history of this sign; it’s quite showy but still suitable for the colors and architecture of the building.