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Ghost Signs
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Managed By: Icon Here The Wall Dogs
Description:
Faded, painted signs, at least 50 years old, on an exterior building wall heralding an obsolete product, an outdated trademark or a clue to the history of the building's occupancy.
Expanded Description:
The advent of digitally printed vinyl ads over the past decade has rendered painted ads nearly obsolete. Vinyl ads are cheaper and faster to produce, and neon and electric ads have spread.



However, for many years outdoor advertising was limited to enormous ads painted, using lead-based paint, on the sides of barns and brick buildings. This practice has been largely abandoned in more recent times.


Image Source: Frank H. Jump

Yet a few remain, their lead lettering often serving as the sole reminder of the service or product they sold. Some are visible only after it rains, prompting the nickname "ghost signs."
Instructions for Posting a Ghost Signs Waymark:
Find a Ghost Sign and snap a picture. If you can tell us anything about the product being advertised that is definitely a plus.

The signs we are looking for are NOT restored to new condition. The point is to have a sign which is somewhat difficult to read until the rain emphasizes the faded paint.

Additionally, the ghost sign should not advertise the current business which occupies the location. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis for signs which qualify in every other way.

Please do NOT include a picture of yourself nor your GPS in the photo.

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Image for Ghost Coca Cola Advertisement - Camden, NJview gallery

NWNW81.3 km

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Ghost SignsGhost Coca Cola Advertisement - Camden, NJ

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While the rest of Camden burned, was torn town and razed, and neglected, this wonderful add from 1904 somehow survived, was left untouched and looks almost as it did 100 years ago. The origins of the building & its owners are painted on its side.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher

location: New Jersey

date approved: 1/19/2010

last visited: never

Image for Philadelphia Tribune  -  Philadelphia, PAview gallery

NWNW85.9 km

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Ghost SignsPhiladelphia Tribune - Philadelphia, PA

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This faded sign is still on the side of this old building which still houses the newspaper. There is a Pennsylvania Historic Marker in front of it. 520-26 S 16th St., Philadelphia, PA

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 5/10/2006

last visited: never

Image for Vintage Coca Cola Ghost Ad - Riverside, NJview gallery

NN86.7 km

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Ghost SignsVintage Coca Cola Ghost Ad - Riverside, NJ

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A vintage Coca Cola ghost sign still remains on the side of a local eatery built in the late 1800s. The ad is from the 1950s (possible earlier) and the ad beneath that is from the turn of the 20th century.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher

location: New Jersey

date approved: 2/27/2012

last visited: never

Image for Ivory Soap Ghost Sign – New Castle, Delawareview gallery

NWNW91.4 km

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Ghost SignsIvory Soap Ghost Sign – New Castle, Delaware

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Ghost sign on side of house on Packet Alley in New Castle, Delaware.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Delaware

date approved: 3/18/2015

last visited: 5/4/2019

Image for N Katz & Sons Fine Tailors - New Castle DEview gallery

NWNW91.6 km

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Ghost SignsN Katz & Sons Fine Tailors - New Castle DE

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Located on the side of John M Cleveland Civil War Museum on Delaware St. in New Castle

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie

location: Delaware

date approved: 9/30/2013

last visited: never

Image for Seaford Furniture - Seaford, Delawareview gallery

SWSW114.4 km

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Ghost SignsSeaford Furniture - Seaford, Delaware

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Faded sign on what looks to be a storage facility.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member muffy53

location: Delaware

date approved: 11/22/2010

last visited: 11/23/2010

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