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.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Brewery District

We love finding old photographs of Cincinnati. 
Especially when they include signs before they went ghost.

And we especially love it when the building is still standing and we can compare then and now.

On McMicken, to the west of Elm Street.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Ghost Signs from a Ghost Town

Broadwater, Nebraska. Not technically a ghost town, as 128 people call it home, as of 2010.
Our Western Field Agent, Mr. D.L. Hudson points out the refurbished Coca-Cola sign.

And the Lazy U Motel, a nice little piece of Americana.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Touring Cincinnati

We took a tour of Cincinnati's ghost signs, Saturday morning.
Partly on the streetcar, partly walking.
A lovely morning.

It was inspired, in part by Ronnie Salerno's book:

Which, if you don't already have it, is a must-have.

Friday, April 14, 2017

A Couple from the Mailbag

Both from Ms. D. Walz. 
The first is from Council Bluffs, Iowa.

And this from Lincoln, Nebraska.

Keep looking up!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Why We Hunt Part II

The building at 13th and Walnut is undergoing renovations, reportedly for condos. They've already cut a whole in the wall, presumably for windows. 

This is the north side of the building, and one has to wonder how much longer this German message has.

Not far away, on Liberty, between Walnut and Main, this sign has been covered up:

Here's what it used to look like.

Over by Findlay Market: Gone.

At Race and 12th: Gone.

On McMicken near Race: Gone.

On 15th, between Race and Elm: Gone.

And that is why we hunt ghost signs.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Why We Hunt

Because as long as these signs have been around, they're not impervious.

More signs lost to history tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Grand Finale

Courtesy of our Western Field Agent, Mr. D.L. Hudson.

Tomorrow and the next day, we demonstrate WHY we try to capture ghost signs.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

More from Montgomery

Part two of our series from our Western (Southern) Field Agent, Mr. D.L. Hudson.
Two iconic signs on the same wall: Coca-Cola and Bull Durham tobacco.

Monday, March 20, 2017

From the Road

Our Western Field Agent, Mr. D.L. Hudson becomes our Southern Field Agent this week, as he sends us these from Montgomery, Alabama.

He found a slew of ghost signs near Court and Jefferson, and over the next couple of days, we'll share them with you.

Friday, March 17, 2017

An Update

A little more plaster came down, revealing a little more sign.
Specifically, the "since 1845."