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Ghost Signs
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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Faded, painted signs, at least 50 years old, on an exterior building wall heralding an obsolete product, an outdated trademark or a clue to the history of the building's occupancy.
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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.


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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."
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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 Hunt and Mottet Co. Ghost Signs - Tacoma, WAview gallery

NWNW58.7 km

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Ghost SignsHunt and Mottet Co. Ghost Signs - Tacoma, WA

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The company of Hunt and Mottet formed in 1887 and they produced heavy hardware. This building was constructed in 1907 during an expansion of the company and shows two signs with the company's name.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Hikenutty

location: Washington

date approved: 11/15/2007

last visited: 3/5/2009

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NWNW58.7 km

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Ghost SignsF.S. Harmon Manufacturing Co. - Tacoma, Washington

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The Harmon Building was originally a warehouse for a furniture manufacturer. Now it is home to a popular brewpub and the Harmon Lofts condominiums.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Hikenutty

location: Washington

date approved: 3/31/2007

last visited: 3/8/2013

Image for Slumberite Mattress ad - F.S. Harmon Furniture Manufacturing Co. Warehouse view gallery

NWNW58.7 km

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Ghost SignsSlumberite Mattress ad - F.S. Harmon Furniture Manufacturing Co. Warehouse

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F.S. Harmon was a large furniture manufacturing business and this building was their mattress warehouse. This sign advertises the "Slumberite" mattress.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Hikenutty

location: Washington

date approved: 11/15/2007

last visited: 11/15/2007

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NN58.9 km

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Ghost SignsAlber Brothers Mill Ghost Sign - Tacoma, Washington

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Five brothers worked together to create and run the Alber Brothers Milling Co. The mill thrived operated here from 1904 until 1944. The building has been refurbished and is now high end appartments.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Hikenutty

location: Washington

date approved: 2/19/2007

last visited: 4/20/2013

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NWNW58.9 km

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Ghost SignsWeigel Candy Co. Building Ghost Signs - Tacoma, WA

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These signs are located on the side of the historic Weigel Candy Co. Building. One is a Coca Cola advertisement, and the other features a box of Weigel chocolates. The Weigel Brothers were a Dutch immigrant family and they pioneered the candy makin

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Hikenutty

location: Washington

date approved: 11/15/2007

last visited: 11/15/2007

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NWNW58.9 km

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Ghost SignsAmerican Plumbing Ghost Sign - Tacoma, WA

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The Walsh and Gardner building originally held pipe valves and fittings. It later became home to American Plumbing and still bears their ghost sign on the side of the building.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Hikenutty

location: Washington

date approved: 11/15/2007

last visited: 11/15/2007

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NWNW59.1 km

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Ghost SignsHeidelberg Beer - Tacoma Washington

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An ad for Heidelberg beer with a great painting of a guy drinking a bottle of beer.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Hikenutty

location: Washington

date approved: 8/10/2006

last visited: 2/28/2010

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NN60 km

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Ghost SignsPythian Temple Ghost Signs

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The Pythian Temple, a national registered historic site, has this group of 4 ghost signs on the side of its building that fronts its parking lot.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Hikenutty

location: Washington

date approved: 10/7/2006

last visited: 8/31/2009

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WW64.4 km

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Ghost SignsFrank Everett and Co. building, Chehalis, Washington

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Sign on the west side of the Frank Everett and Company building in Chehalis, Washington.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dzrt1st

location: Washington

date approved: 4/17/2007

last visited: never

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NN94.8 km

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Ghost SignsMcCrory Building - Seattle, WA

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Sign on the side of the old McCrory Building in downtown Seattle

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member fishingwishing

location: Washington

date approved: 12/28/2007

last visited: 3/20/2011

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NN95 km

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Ghost SignsWashington Shoe MFG. CO.

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Old ghost sign on the J. M. Frink Building built in 1892.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member OpinioNate

location: Washington

date approved: 1/30/2007

last visited: 8/26/2012

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NN95 km

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Ghost SignsRainier Beer - Underground? Seattle, WA

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Do these stairs lead to 'underground' Seattle?

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member fishingwishing

location: Washington

date approved: 12/28/2007

last visited: 8/17/2012

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NN95.1 km

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Ghost SignsHave Lunch Overseas - Washington State Ferries

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Advertisement for the Washington State Ferries on the side of an old brick building in the Pioneer Square area.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member fishingwishing

location: Washington

date approved: 12/28/2007

last visited: 9/14/2012

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NN96.4 km

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Ghost SignsCorkstone Flooring Company - Seattle, WA

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This ghost sign is located at 2116 Western Avenue in Seattle, Washington.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Metro2

location: Washington

date approved: 3/24/2011

last visited: 3/19/2011

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NN96.9 km

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Ghost SignsWholesale Only

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Best guess is that this location once housed a discount or shipping retail store.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member D3C1B3L

location: Washington

date approved: 6/26/2006

last visited: 4/30/2009

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SS141.5 km

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Ghost SignsWhite Eagle sign, Portland, OR

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This sign is on the White Eagle Saloon in Portland, OR.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Queens Blessing

location: Oregon

date approved: 3/6/2013

last visited: 11/27/2013

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SS143.7 km

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Ghost SignsRug Company Advertisement, Portland, Oregon

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The Ghost Sign is located at SW Tenth Avenue and SW Alder Street.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Rose Red

location: Oregon

date approved: 8/12/2006

last visited: 11/25/2013

Image for Lotus Cafe and Cardroom, Portland, Oregonview gallery

SS144 km

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Ghost SignsLotus Cafe and Cardroom, Portland, Oregon

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The Lotus Cafe and Cardroom (1906) is located at 932 SW Third Avenue. The ghost sign is located at the rear of the building, next to a parking lot.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Rose Red

location: Oregon

date approved: 7/26/2006

last visited: 7/3/2008

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NN158.2 km

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Ghost SignsOwl Cigars Now 5 Cents

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On the side of an old hotel in downtown Port Townsend is a remnant from a previous age... where you could purchase a (quality?) cigar for 5 cents.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member Jeremy

location: Washington

date approved: 6/13/2006

last visited: 5/24/2012

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