Friday, January 31, 2014


This is not the first one we've found.  There's another not far from this one.

But, apparently, it's not Maystern.  It's May Stern, and it was part of the Spiegel family.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

From the Past

I saw this photograph hanging on the wall in the lobby of Sycamore Place apartments, and I've seen it before, but I had some time to kill, and a blog entry to fill, so I photographed it, because there's a lot going on. (See the full picture at UrbanOhio.  It's number 24.)


This is gone.  That's a parking garage now, attached to what is now the AAA headquarters, on the right, at Central and Race.  


The Power Building.  I think.  The water towers and signage are gone.


This is still there.

On Main Street, at 9th, looking south.

Looks to me like the Rugs sign was there first, and the Baking Co. was painted over it, but it still bled through.

Pay no attention to this man.

Monday, January 27, 2014


We went to Chi-Town this weekend, and while hoping to catch some good ghost signs, the hunt wasn't as successful as it could have been.

The trip wasn't about signs.  That was a secondary thing.  And so, Thursday night, while we saw a bunch, it was dark, we were headed to other places, and it just wasn't convenient to stop every other block.
Sunday morning, the plan was to nab a few, (like the two above), but, the weather was lousy, and exhaustion was setting in.  So, we snapped a couple from the car, and kept going.

Thursday afternoon, we grabbed a couple from the car, but even then, it was while moving, while not knowing exactly where we were going.

And the car windows were filthy.

The best of the lot is this.  And it's not even real.  It was painted on a new building, Portillo's Restaurant, as part of their theme.
We include it here just because they thought to add the touch.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Biscuit Company

Caught in a walkway to a church, this brave sign holds on.

We did not find this ourselves.  We found it thanks to someone else's ghost sign collection on Flickr.

But, to be fair, when driving up Freeman Avenue, we're always dazzled by this gem, a block up the street.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Dr. Feelgood

Well, the first two letters appear to be Dr.  So why not?

Just off of Liberty and Linn.

Meanwhile, 5schw4r7z has found a ghost sign uncovered during renovations.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Achtung, Baby

Thing is, it's not in Norwood.  It's in Evanston, a Cincinnati neighborhood.

On Montgomery, just south of Dana.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Back in Cincinnati

We've exhausted our supply of ghost signs from the venture west.  For now.  
A trip to Chicago next weekend might uncover more, but until then, we present this salute to the Big Apple, on Main Street.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

From the Western Office

Our Mr. D.L. Hudson found this in Council Bluffs, recently.

Thank you again.  And keep those findings coming!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Whoddathunk It?

That the tiny town of Alexandria would be so rich in ghost signage?

Granted, this is not our usual fare, but we liked it anyway.

Don't care for it?  We don't blame you.  Go see what's happening to the ghost signs in Cincinnati.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Ghost Signs in a Ghost Town

It's not fair to call Alexandria, Nebraska, a ghost town.  After all, people live there.

And it's busier in the summer.  Probably.  When people are at the nearby recreation lake, recreating.  

We can see a "C", an "AN" and possibly an "L".

Friday, January 10, 2014


Shickley is just down the road from Ong.  It's about halfway between Ong and Strang, as a matter of fact.
And as you may recall, Strang gave up a good ghost sign for us in 2012.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Town Called Ong

No.  Really.  In south central Nebraska, there's a tiny village with the unlikely name of Ong.

According to the University of Nebraska, it was named for a Judge Ong.  And, according to this genealogy website, he was insane.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Not Much to See Here

Crossing the railroad tracks, we pulled into the parking lot to catch the remnants of this sign.
It's nothing flashy, but, if we hadn't stopped for this one, we would have missed this, across the street, and across the tracks.

Got Mine

Finally hung up the 2014 Ghostsign calendar, last weekend, and found a work-around to the not-being-able-to-post-photos-to-the-old-blog-problem.

(Close up of the Bright and Early Coffee and Tea sign.)

Which is good, because we've got some dandies to share.  A couple more submissions from you have come roaring in, and we've found some beautiful specimens ourselves.  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Technical Difficulties

Please stand by...

Suddenly, I'm not allowed to post photos, which rather defeats the purpose of a photoblog, don't you think?

In the meantime, please, visit our archives, and find some past treasures you may have missed.  On the right side of the screen, if you scroll down a tick, you'll find several different categories, based on location or content.  Peruse, until you find something interesting, and go see.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Hello Hastings

Hastings, Nebraska.  I spent four years here, while in college, and then about three years later, returned for three more years, for work.

While I was there, I noticed a few, and this may be where I developed my love of the art form.
These were all taken in 2013, during a trip home to see family.  But, I first went hunting in 2012.
You can find those in the archives, including the now famous Hotel Clarke.

Friday, January 3, 2014

7 Up

We have no solid evidence to support the theory, however, we are convinced this was once an ad for 7-Up that was been thoroughly scrubbed.  We base the belief on what appears to be "no caffeine" at the top.
But, who knows?  It could be some archaic decaf coffee advertisement.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

From the Mailbox

Our entry today comes from Ms. C. Gesell-Streeter, who, on holiday in Asheville, North Carolina, discovered this Bud sign.  Thank you!  And keep looking!