Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Revisiting the Dennison

When we're asked about our favorite ghost signs, we include the Dennison Hotel, with its odd room-to-bath ratio. We've featured it many times here, looking at the sign on the south, the hanging signs on the front, and the Quaker Oats ad on the north.
But the other day we noticed something else.

Below the Bill Haas signature, there's something else.
We can't remember if we've noticed it before and hadn't mentioned it, but if we have, it's worth seeing again.

Monday, December 28, 2015

The Georgia

On a private residence on 9th, between Elm and Plum.

Was it an inn?  A club?

Thursday, December 24, 2015

More in Store from Hamilton

On Ludlow, just off of Third Street, the STOR of what presumably was "STORE" is still legible, and there's more beneath it, and to the right.

Well, this doesn't help.  Maybe there's something on the east side of the building.

Oh, yeah.  Very refreshing.

Although, and maybe we're crazy, the script of the familiar Coca-Cola doesn't quite look right.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

4 Floors

Again, in Hamilton, on Third.
Much of this one has gone away, but we can still make out a "4" to the left, and we assume the "OORS" was preceded with a "FL" or maybe a "D".

However, our trusty assistant, Google Maps, indicates only three floors and maybe an attic.
But more importantly, look what's across the street!

No. It's gone now. Painted over. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Work took us to Hamilton, where we found this.
There's a lot going on.

Let's deconstruct.
To the left, there's what appears to be Strauss & Co. Clothiers sharing space with another sign.  (Note the different letter styles between the Strauss and whatever is below it.)
To the right, there's at least two big brand names of something painted over one another.  Perhaps at one time there was the word "Admiral".  But there's also what appears to be an X in the name as well.
Below that, we can just make out the word "Cigars".

A quick peek at Google Earth images from High Street and 3rd indicates that sometime between July 2013 and July 2015, this was uncovered.

Now that you have it back, Hamilton, keep it around!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Two Signs for the Price of One

We have featured this one before, but we're revisiting it based upon new conjecture.

Firstly, the Bakery and Confectionery sign at the top may be connected to this on Clay Street in OTR.
We base this simply on the wording.

And as for the Globe Furniture part of the sign, well, there's the Globe factory near Findlay Market
And, Ronny Salerno includes some Globe history in his well-researched book, Fading Ads of Cincinnati.  (There's a book signing this weekend at Bromwell's.)

Monday, December 14, 2015


On Race, across from the Taft Ale House.
How much longer do you think this has?

Be sure to read the Omaha World Herald's feature on the ghost signs of, where else, but Omaha.
The author maps out the signs, many of which we don't have.

And compare it with our own collection of Omaha ghost signs.
Maybe, just maybe, our Western Field Agent can grab a few more for us.

Friday, December 11, 2015


On the southwest corner of Downtown, there's a quiet street named McFarland.
We've shown you this ghost sign before, but this is a better picture.

On the other side of the same building, there's this.
And BIS is still in biz.

Walk a block south, to 2nd Street, and BIS also has this.

Which, if you follow the blue line around, brings you to this.

Which shares a wall with this.

Which is next door to this, which we show you again for reference.

By the way, you can get a signed copy of "Fading Ads of Cincinnati" Downtown, today.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Big in Dayton

It's not faded, and it's not a ghost, because the company still operates.
But, it's painted on, and sometimes, just sometimes, that's good enough.

On East First Street, on the edge of downtown Dayton.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Hollywood on the Ohio

We've been told this building at the corner of Liberty and Central Parkway was a film distribution office.

It received historic preservation tax credits earlier this year, so look for the lettering to come down.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Green Street

This one escaped us for a long time, which is odd because we already found one on the other side of the building.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Picture in Picture

Found this photo hanging on a wall in my building.
And we have a more modern photo of it. 

Read more at Queen City Discovery.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Believe It or Not

We still find signs we haven't noticed before.

True, they're not as bright or obvious as this Barr's Loans sign on Vine, above 12th.

They're often so faded they might hardly be worth mentioning.
All that's visible on this one are the letters "H H".
But, they are out there.

Oh, and pick yourself up a copy of Faded Ads of Cincinnati, available now.