POP! art

words: molly

East Londoners will be well aware the streets they tread are rich in history – even if the history isn’t very rich. When I lived in Shoreditch I was intrigued by its past; discovering it used to be a ‘sewer ditch’ (nice), and that my local church St Leonard’s, featured in the age-old song Oranges & Lemons.

Which is why I like these posters by Richard Ardagh of Elephants’ Graveyard. Limited Edition and printed with a traditional letter press, they celebrate London rhymes embedded in our collective conscience but which have long since lost their meaning. The latest print is Pop! Goes the Weasel: and whoever knew the words featured The Eagle on City Road?

Richard says: “Pop means pawn and weasel is rhyming slang for coat (weasel and stoat = coat). So, the rhyme might be about pawning your coat for drinking money…”

As relevant today as it ever was.

Pop goes the weasel poster elephants graveyard London

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oranges and lemons say the bells elephants graveyard London

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