The image just leaps out at you from the brick wall. You can see the picture here, it’s of Felix the Cat a well know cartoon character created by a New Jersey cartoonist Otto Messmer in 1919.
It has a special relevance to me because I met the songwriter Hubert David (Mickey to his friends) when he was ninety-two at a music industry lunch. What a man... within minutes we were in deep discussion about song-writing and he told me his Father had been a hit songwriter in the early years of the twentieth century and that he (Hubert David) had written a hit song in 1919 called ‘Felix kept on Walking’ when he was only seventeen. It sold two million copies of sheet music!
I was so intrigued by Hubert that I met up with him again and I asked if I could produce a documentary about him and his Dad. The result was on Radio Two ‘ Are We downhearted NO!’ and it got 75 fan letters, all down to Hubert and his great PR . (In his later life he had became a Record Plugger)
I’d love to know who the graffiti artist was for this picture, it certainly cheered up my day and I was happy to see that in Wood Green at least ....Felix is still walking!
I found this clip of a recording of the song: (It’s the wrong date on the clip though)