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“SOS Security Group”, Lambeth: 1970s disco

“SOS Security Group” burglar alarm, Lambeth • Although I have a category called “1970s disco“, that’s for 1970s-looking typography. Whereas this old sounder shares a name with an actual 1970s disco group, The SOS Band – famed mainly for the classic “Just Be good to Me” (which is actually from the early 1980s). • Spotted: Lower Marsh, Lambeth, London, SE1, England, 2007 • Politics: In the Labour constituency of Vauxhall

SOS Band. That’s an SOS for the hair police.

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  1. I had a look online at some old pictures from the early 70s and the bell shown here was quite common usually in a yellow colour with a blue strobe.

  2. Wow…I’m 44 years old. I reckon that this bell box is older than me.

    SOS Security Group were based just over the river near Waterloo I think.

    At some point two companies merged, SOS security Group and Advanced. This became Advanced SOS Security Group.

    Much later they became Security Centres UK who were acquired by Michael Ashcrofts ADT (before he sold ADT to Tyco.

    My memory is starting to fade with all these firms now.

    I think that this bell may have been an original Advanced Bell, with an SOS sticker put over the Advanced….but could be wrong.

    • Wow, I’m amazed to discover this bell box is so old (not that 44 is old, ahem). The building it’s on is late 1960s looking so the bell box must be almost as old. The road is just being spruced up so maybe it won’t be around much longer.

  3. this looks like it was from the 70’s!! looks like it started off red. S.O.S band they did a few really good songs though think bigger in USA, they did a few slow jams i have a few of the albums

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