Monday, December 11, 2006

La Bamba

This has been bugging me for ages but I only just remembered. You know that Elasto advert at Bambalapitya junction. The sparkly one full of sequin type things.

Has anyone got any idea exactly how long it's been there?

I'm particularly fond of it. It's one of those peculiar Colombo things that makes me feel good.

I remember that it was there in the mid 70s, it was an important landmark for me as it indicated exactly where my Dad would turn right off the Galle Road as we were heading back towards the place we were staying from my Aunt's house in Mount Lavinia.

I've seen it get gradually covered up over the years as the street peddlars have started to use it as part of their merchandising, but it's still there, underneath everything. I'll tell you what, if someone could nick one of the sparkling things and pop it in the post to me I'd be eternally grateful.

But, does anyone know the year it first appeared?

It bugs me.


Angel Eyes said...

Hmmm yep it has been around ever since I landed on planet earth and I have no clue when it was put up. Btw what does it advertise??? I wonder what sought of goods were marketed under the “Elasto” brand name???

Rhythmic Diaspora said...

I think it's some kind of glue, in a rubbery way!

Surely someone must know when the sign first appeared there?

Darwin said...

Sorry it's been there as far back as I could ever remember, and I'm 23.

For some strange inexplicable reason I always thought it advertised elastic underwear.

Rhythmic Diaspora said...

We need the benefit of "maturity" and "experience" to solve this puzzle. Or just some old people!

Anonymous said...


Rhythmic Diaspora said...

Wow! - You're old! Any advances on 1960?

Indyana said...

Well, I see I live right near this junction and yell at me if u like...but I haven't noticed it really......I better run away b4 u start!!

Rhythmic Diaspora said...

indyana - I won't yell at you but next time you're there have a look at it. As you face Galle Rd it's on the corner on the right.