York's iconic Bile Beans advert reproduced on T-shirts

Angus McArthur, of the Snowhome design store, in Gillygate, with his Bile Beans T-shirt

Angus McArthur, of the Snowhome design store, in Gillygate, with his Bile Beans T-shirt

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A POST war advert which has stood the test of time to become part of an iconic gable end in York has been reproduced on t-shirts.

The Bile Beans advert, on the side of Me & Mrs Fisher cafe in Lord Mayors Walk, has been chosen as the inspiration for a new product by a nearby design shop.

Celebrating their 13th anniversary, staff at quirky gift and furniture retailer Snowhome, in Gillygate, were looking to design and create a new product to add to their range.

The black and yellow Bile Beans logo sparked their imagination as was chosen to be reproduced on t-shirts which are being sold in cans.

Snowhome owner Angus McArthur said: "The Bile Beans sign is unique to York, it's a part of the substance of the city and I wanted to recognise that.

"In a way the t-shirt is a parody of the millions of generic branded t-shirts worn promoting global sports brands and fashion labels. A Bile Beans t-shirt is far more intimate in its appeal, outside of York the effect is diluted.

"Snowhome is all about celebrating things with niche appeal and this is a perfect fit."

Bile Beans were said to promote “inner health” and as a result were touted as a cure-all for just about anything from influenza to constipation. The glossy black pills, which were devised in Australia in 1899, became a brand leader in the UK during the 1930s and were still on sale until the mid-1980s.

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9:46am Fri 15 Aug 14

julia brica says...

"A cure all for just about anything"
You taking notes James, Dave, Tracie.
"A cure all for just about anything" You taking notes James, Dave, Tracie. julia brica
  • Score: -45

10:06am Sat 16 Aug 14

York Castle says...

julia brica wrote:
"A cure all for just about anything"
You taking notes James, Dave, Tracie.
Minus 50 votes? I think you've upset someone with your witty repartee! Who could they be? Whilst neither agreeing nor disagreeing with the sentiment, I thought your comment was brilliant!
[quote][p][bold]julia brica[/bold] wrote: "A cure all for just about anything" You taking notes James, Dave, Tracie.[/p][/quote]Minus 50 votes? I think you've upset someone with your witty repartee! Who could they be? Whilst neither agreeing nor disagreeing with the sentiment, I thought your comment was brilliant! York Castle
  • Score: 6

8:00am Mon 18 Aug 14

TCJYork says...

Is it me, or did it get repainted a bit wonky last time? The letters all look a bit off.

Also, the T-shirt will need to go through the wash a few times to look the part - far too yellow!
Is it me, or did it get repainted a bit wonky last time? The letters all look a bit off. Also, the T-shirt will need to go through the wash a few times to look the part - far too yellow! TCJYork
  • Score: 3

1:19am Wed 20 Aug 14

petesmuk says...

I went to St Wilf's school in the '40s and that sign doesn't look quite the same as it was then.
I went to St Wilf's school in the '40s and that sign doesn't look quite the same as it was then. petesmuk
  • Score: 1

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