Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Reader Submission

These three signs come to us courtesy of Ms. D. Walz, who writes, "My 12 year old daughter is now on the ghost sign kick. She took these on vacation in downtown Fargo with her dad."

Brava, Young Ms. Walz. Brava!

Thursday, August 3, 2017


Long time readers will know, we like to revisit signs from time to time.
Lighting conditions change, and sometimes we notice things we haven't before.
For instance, the yellow on this sign on McMicken, just west of Vine, pops like it hadn't before.

Also on McMicken, closer to Main, we were so taken with the giant Firestone lettering, 
we failed to notice the smaller sign closer to the sidewalk.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Everything New is Old Again

We're happy to see this OTR landmark return to a more natural state.

What had been done to it, you ask?

Now, we're curious about what's next. We believe if it were going to come down, 
they wouldn't have bothered removing the Mixx paint job. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Somewhere in New York

Sharp eyed reader Ms. S. Fleming spotted this in New York City.
She believes the bottom line reads "RESTURAUNT." 

A theory confirmed by the godfather of American Ghost Signs, Mr. Frank Jump.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Win Some, Lose Some

Work looks almost done on the Ensemble Theater expansion, and they haven't covered up this sign. We are hopeful that means they're going to leave it as is.
Which is important...

Because this one is gone.

And so is this one.

And so are these.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Signs of Hope

Call us crazily optimistic, but it sure looks like someone is repainting 
this sign at Walnut and 13th. 

If you're not convinced, compare it to this
Or a more recent picture from our "Why We Hunt" series.

There are purists in the ghost sign world, (yes, there is a subculture of ghost sign enthusiasts.), who disapprove of restoration.
We here at Faded Ad Art are coming around to the idea of restoration.


Because someday it will fade again, and be a ghost sign again.
So,the Faded Ad Art official position is "It's better to restore than lose altogether."

Friday, July 7, 2017

Scenes from the Sign Museum

A couple of summers ago, the American Sign Museum hosted a wall dog convention.

Wall dogs are the men and women who paint signs on the sides of buildings. 
They created a few while they were there.

Here and Now broadcast a story on painted ads this week, and how they're making a bit of a comeback.

We've featured these before, but they're worth sharing again.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Found last week along Montgomery Road.

Just in case you thought we didn't publish original material any more.

And the signature is still visible.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Corner Diners

More from Kansas City, and our intrepid Western Field Agents: Ms. D. Walz and Mr. DL Hudson.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Old and New

From our Western Field Agents, Ms. D. Walz & Mr. D.L. Hudson.
A nice example of new paint over an older sign, over another older sign, over another older sign.

And because "the people are thirsty," beer.
Can anyone make out the name of the beer?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

From the Mailbag

Our Western Field Agents, Ms. D. Walz & Mr. D.L. Hudson have been in Kansas City.

And they've found another treasure trove for us.
Many more to come!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Recently Uncovered

The expansion of the Ensemble Theater uncovered this illegible sign on Vine.

And rehabilitation of this building on Elm at Findlay Market gave us this, but took away this.
(Anyone remember what Finders Keepers was? We know the building housed a pool hall at one time.)

We fear both signs won't last. 

Friday, May 26, 2017


On the main drag in Bellevue, Kentucky.

We have no idea what it was for, but we've posted worse.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Already Gone

Since we've lived in Cincinnati, this wall at 3rd and Broadway has been covered by billboards for beer.
Earlier this month, the billboards came down, and the scaffolding went up.

There's no certainty here, but with the blue and white patch in the upper left corner, and what appears to be lettering in the center, we're confident there was a ghost sign here.

It's since been painted over.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Reader Submission

We'd like to thank Mr. C. Schweer for finding this treasure for us, in the village of Western, Nebraska, which coincidentally, is about 30 miles west of yesterday's submission.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


These come to us from Ms. D. Walz from her recent trip to Beatrice, Nebraska.

Ms. Walz says the building is at 3rd and Court.

(And for you non-Nebraskans, it's pronounced "Bee-AT-tris.")

Also found on Court Street.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Car Knee

These signs, in Kearney, Nebraska, come to us courtesy of our Western Field Agent, Mr. D.L. Hudson.