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Bus roll envy

One of my favourite things is a vintage bus roll. Love them! Have several. I used to find them in flea markets in the old days but now it's eBay. It looks like I have competition. Jennifer from Atlanta emailed. "I fell in love with the destination rolls and got one on eBay from London!!! I put stretcher bars together for my frame and stapled fabric to the sides. Then I used upholstery nails to tack the sign to the frame. I thought you'd like to see the finished product!!!" The upholstery nails are brilliant. If you've tried to stretch one of these babies you'll know there is not much spare fabric on the sides. I am so jealous of your roll Jennifer. Great destinations and fabulous job! (And from what I can see of your house, it's fabulous too!)

Reader Comments (18)

Love that idea.

6 Aug 2008 | Unregistered Commenteralice

oh my: Tyne Dock, Simonside, Chichester, i am sure that bus roll is from where I live - newcastle upon tyne in the UK! how crazy that it travelled to London and then ended up in atlanta :)

6 Aug 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdelilah tyler

LOVE vintage bus rolls! I've been trying to track some down for a while now. I also have a post coming up about them too...her photos are great.

6 Aug 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkay*

Dammit - now I want one!!!

6 Aug 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkim.

such a cool idea. now i want one :)

6 Aug 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Sutton

hmmm I MAY just have to try this! The real ones are a bit pricey! good post.

10 Aug 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Ramos

just love it. History really did some good work!

11 Aug 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkarline

This is unreal - I live in the very town where that bus roll is from! It's called South Shields and I'm now jealous as it would make a great addition to the vintage South Shields poster I have currently: http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/shop.php/posters-all/south-shields-railway-poster/

Nice use of the roll by the way!

24 Mar 2009 | Unregistered Commentergeesscottdee

I've seen this in stacks of movies, but I never knew what they were called.
And I asked EVERYONEEEEE if they knew what it was or where I can ge tthem from.
Where can you get them from?
I'm totally desperate.


7 May 2009 | Unregistered Commenter...Of the Sea

Pearl, your best bet is eBay or Etsy.

7 May 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkim.

Just bought one the other day.....not sure if I got a good price or not...I paid $600? any idea if that is outragious or not?

9 Jul 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't know much about the going rate for bus roll paraphenalia, but I'm thinking $600 is kinda pricey. Might be due to the growing popularity though. I'd rather just get a big canvas, paint it black, and stick some white lettering on it - DIY ALL THE WAY!

9 Jul 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkim.

Depends on how long and the destinations anonymous but I'd say that is about right and might even be a bargain if quite old and fabric with cool stops. Even 1.8m reproductions here in Australia are selling for around $800 (see Print Dolls). Gone are the days where you could pick up a 10m roll for $15 like I used too :(

10 Jul 2009 | Unregistered Commentermidcenturyjo

I saw them in a couple of movies and ever since then they've haunted my mind because I never knew what they were called!!!!!!!!!!

I want to make one because I don't want to spend so much money on one. Do you know any websites or places where I could get the text or addresses to put on?

Thank you


22 Aug 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPeps

We are currently working on a reproduction canvas version of these which will be on our site for sale early December 09.
You will also have the option to have your own text printed if desired.
They will be very close to the original as we have gained a licence to use the font which is closely guarded under copyright.

30 Nov 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Hadfield


British Bus Blinds

Got a very cool London blind direct from them in England. Even after import to the USA I still saved almost 40 % for what they are are for sale for here. Friendly, helpful service, website says they ship worldwide. All are custom-made to order, nice thick borders & frames, I looked at others - go direct. Two more on order, can't wait.

22 May 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbunglesque

I have started making reproductions of these and are available in my etsy shop http://mercantilemill.etsy.com

17 Feb 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamison

I can supply very long original London bus rolls suitable for use as wallpaper or for framing as you are doing. Happy to ship anywhere!

1 Nov 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaydn

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