Friday, January 25, 2013

Casual Friday: Ghost Signs

Friday, January 25, 2013
Loretta reports:

I’ve always had a fondness for old mill buildings and remnants of our Industrial Revolution past.  This picture is part of an extensive series I took some years ago.  I was lucky enough to catch this building before it was completely demolished.  And of course I was heartbroken that it was demolished.

Thus a little note about an exhibition of photographs of “ghost signs” caught my attention.

Are there similar vestiges of the past in your area?



8 comments:

Sam Roberts said...

I've been blogging about them since 2006, have a browse here, although I'm currently taking a short holiday.

Julie said...

You might also like for the UK,
http://www.facebook.com/#!/GhostSignsUk?fref=ts

Chris Woodyard said...

This article from last August, from Cincinnati, Ohio: http://cincinnati.com/blogs/ourhistory/2012/08/25/ghost-signs-remnants-of-yesteryear/

grg6833 said...

If you are ever in the Savage, Maryland area, be sure to go to Savage Mill. It has been lovingly restored and is filled with beautiful shops (period crafts, art, antiques, clocks, restaurants), and there are plenty of ghost stories!

Mary Jean Adams said...

I have always loved these, even more so than looking at old pictures of a city. I never knew they had a name, though. Ghost signs is so fitting!

Donna said...

There are! I've been planning a post about them for some time, so thanks for the links--they look great.

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

We live in a small town in Maine where my mother was born and grew up. When we moved here three years ago, the long-abandoned opera house had a curious sign on the marquee. It read "Phantom Flowers" and a part of a phone number. I Googled it at the time and there had been a business (which may have never had a physical shop) with that name. Apparently, they had permission to use the marquee to advertise their business! The opera house is now under renovation, but I will always wonder a little bit about the person who would have named their business in such a creative, but just a bit creepy, name!

Tom said...

I love this!

There was an error in this gadget
 
Two Nerdy History Girls. Design by Pocket