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“Monarch”, Lambeth: dribbly digital throwback


“Monarch Security Services” burglar alarm, Lambeth • I started the royalty theme with a Monarch, so I’ll end with one. I don’t know if this is the same firm, and as it’s long pre-internet I can’t find out, but it’s the most sorry example of a regal alarm so far – faded and dribbly and with a design that makes no reference to the lofty name. Instead, it’s in a style that’s come to be known as “retro-futurism“, that is to say designs which were originally an attempt to look futuristic but now look poignantly dated – like this alarm’s imitation seven-segment LED font, recalling the days when pocket calculators cost 200 quid. With renewed interest in film cameras, vinyl records and 8-bit video games, retro-futurism is much in vogue these days. I’d hate to see burglar alarms left out of a fashion craze, so coming next… retro-futurism! • Spotted: Lower Marsh, Lambeth, London, SE1, England, 2010 • Politics: In the Labour constituency of Vauxhall

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  1. Vici
    Before you finish with Royalty how about a picture of a Tara Security box, an old company based in Vauxhall. The Hill of Tara is said to be the mythical seat of the High Kings of Ireland.

    • Thanks, I didn’t know that – but this section is only for literal crowns, monarchs, etc – so I’ll have to find another category for Tara, eg mythology. I must admit, I’d assumed it was a girl’s name!

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