Leigh Kennaway, handy with a camera at just the right time, took this image (and gave permission for me to reproduce it here) of the brief reappearance of an old Mt Albert sign, before renovations push it back into history. I had been asked about it earlier, when a member of the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society spotted it, at 916 New North Road. According to him, he recalled the shop simply as "Mt Albert Dairy" from around the 1980s. My copies of Wises Directories don't give it the name Dolly Vardon at least down to 1946, and the Tip-Top branding does seem to point to a 1970s thing (hey, Darian Zam? Any thoughts?)
It dates from a time, also, when cigarette advertising was still legal -- my November informant spotted panels of that nature at the base of the frontage.