On the Screens of Cambodia’s Hand-Painted Signs

Hand-painted sign in Cambodia showing content on the picture of a screen.

TV, Kratie, photographed by Gordon Congdon

Gordon sent me this picture that I never saw while researching the book, Hand-Painted Signs of Kratie. It is from Roka Kandal, just South of Kratie town, and reads ‘Repair Television, Tape Player, VCD’ (VCDs are Video CDs). Like Gordon I love the inclusion of the woodpecker bringing food to its chick in the painted scene within the TV. This is very common among signs for electrical goods of various types so I thought I’d rummage through my photos to share some of my favourites. First up are those featuring televisions…

Hand-painted sign in Cambodia showing content on the picture of a screen.

TV, Ratanakiri

Hand-painted sign in Cambodia showing content on the picture of a screen.

TV, Kampong Cham

Hand-painted sign in Cambodia showing content on the picture of a screen.

TV, Kratie

Hand-painted sign in Cambodia showing content on the picture of a screen.

TV, Phnom Penh

Hand-painted sign in Cambodia showing content on the picture of a screen.

TV, Kratie

Hand-painted sign in Cambodia showing content on the picture of a screen.

TV, Phnom Penh

Hand-painted sign in Cambodia showing content on the picture of a screen.

TV, Kratie

Hand-painted sign in Cambodia showing content on the picture of a screen.

TV, Phnom Penh

Hand-painted sign in Cambodia showing content on the picture of a screen.

TV, Kratie

Next are a couple of mobile phones…

Hand-painted sign in Cambodia showing content on the picture of a screen.

Phone, Kratie

Hand-painted sign in Cambodia showing content on the picture of a screen.

Phone, Bantaey Minchaey

And, finally, some computer screens…

Hand-painted sign in Cambodia showing content on the picture of a screen.

Computer, Kratie

Hand-painted sign in Cambodia showing content on the picture of a screen.

Computer, Kratie

Hand-painted sign in Cambodia showing content on the picture of a screen.

Computer, Kratie

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