In the brief history of the Farine Five Roses sign I wrote some years ago, I finished up by stating the following:
These words flash on and off in a slow rotation, such that one full cycle â€“ lasting about 22 seconds â€“ is as follows: top row on, bottom row on, both off; top row on, bottom row on, both off; top and bottom on, top and bottom off.
Yesterday I received an intriguing email from a gentleman called Giles Nicholson. Having grown up in Montreal back in the days when it still had the word ‘flour’ on the bottom (ie pre-1977), M. Nicholson was trying to remember what the flashing sequence of lights was before it went from threeÂ rows of neon to justÂ two.
So: does anyone out there know the answer – and ideally have a film or video clip to prove it? Giles and I have had a look around the NFB’s very usefulÂ online collection of archival images, but without luck. Perhaps you’ve got some ideas of your own. Do leave us a comment!