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Faded, painted signs, at least 50 years old, on an exterior building wall heralding an obsolete product, an outdated trademark or a clue to the history of the building's occupancy.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

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On vacant building across from the Santa Fe Depot Museum.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member WalksfarTX

location: Texas

date approved: 10/16/2019

last visited: never

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Ghost SignsLighthouse Christian Center - Paducah, TX

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Lighthouse and ghost sign on vacant building.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member WalksfarTX

location: Texas

date approved: 10/14/2019

last visited: never

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Ghost SignsImprimerie Millo - Avignon, France

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Le ghost Sign des Ghost Sign ...

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YvesProvence

location: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

date approved: 10/12/2019

last visited: never

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Ghost SignsSeifenhaus Erica

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Die alte Wandfarbe des "Seifenhaus Erica" - in den Sechzigern geschlossen. The old sign of a "Soap Shop Erica" - closed in the sixties

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NevermindMe

location: Niedersachsen, Germany

date approved: 10/12/2019

last visited: never

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Ghost SignsMain Street Ghost Signs - Paris, TX

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Two signs on a vacant building.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member WalksfarTX

location: Texas

date approved: 10/12/2019

last visited: never

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Ghost SignsFrank Wolfe - Greenville, TX

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Frank Wolfe was a bonded warehouse up until 2005. This business was an affiliate of North American Van Lines.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member WalksfarTX

location: Texas

date approved: 10/12/2019

last visited: never

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Ghost SignsOff Licence - George Street - Loughborough, Leicestershire

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A ghost sign on a former shop / off-licence on the corner of George Street & Storer Road, Loughborough.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 10/12/2019

last visited: never

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Ghost SignsCoca-Cola Ghost Sign - Greenville, TX

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Located on a vacant building on the corner of Jordan and Johnson Streets.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member WalksfarTX

location: Texas

date approved: 10/12/2019

last visited: never

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Ghost SignsTissus d'ameublement - Aix en Provence, France

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Une piublicité peinte sur un mur pour un tapissier d'ameublement

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YvesProvence

location: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

date approved: 10/12/2019

last visited: never

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Ghost SignsCanalisation de tuyaux en fonte et en plomb - Aix en Provence, France

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Le nom de cette très ancienne entreprise aujourd'hui disparue

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YvesProvence

location: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

date approved: 10/12/2019

last visited: never

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Ghost SignsPeintre voiture - Place Miollis - Aix en Provence, France

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Un commerce de peinture de voitures

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YvesProvence

location: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

date approved: 10/12/2019

last visited: never

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Ghost SignsProduits de Beauté - Aix en Provence, France

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Une publicité pratiquement effacée

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YvesProvence

location: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

date approved: 10/12/2019

last visited: never

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Ghost SignsE.S.Levy's - Galveston, TX

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Barely visible this enclosed "bridge" between 510 and 514 Tremont St. (23rd Ave.) once advertised E.S. Levy & Company, which was located one building away.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member jhuoni

location: Texas

date approved: 10/12/2019

last visited: never

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Ghost SignsAtkin Hotel - Milford, Ut

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This worn sign is on the side of the hotel facing the Chevron station.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member rjmcdonough1

location: Utah

date approved: 9/9/2019

last visited: never

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Ghost SignsBilliards Sign - South Promenade - Ramsey, Isle of Man

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Billiards Sign uncovered following the recent demolition of the former Midwood Photography premises on the South Promenade close to the Lifeboat Station.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Mike_bjm

location: Isle of Man

date approved: 9/9/2019

last visited: never

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Ghost SignsAux ducs de Nevers - Nevers - France

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Peinture encore en bon état réalisée par M. Gourlier, peintre en lettres qui fut le formateur d'un autre professionnel du secteur. Painting still in good condition made by Mr. Gourlier, a literary painter who was the trainer of another professional.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine

location: Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France

date approved: 9/9/2019

last visited: never

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Ghost SignsWm Wallace, Baker & Confectioner - Comrie, Perth & Kinross.

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Faded advertisement for a baker's shop on a gable end in the Perthshire town of Comrie.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member creg-ny-baa

location: Northern Scotland, United Kingdom

date approved: 9/7/2019

last visited: never

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Ghost SignsCars & Parts - Calumet MI

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Something cars and parts on old building in Calumet MI.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member kJfishman

location: Michigan

date approved: 8/28/2019

last visited: never

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Ghost SignsWelcome to Decatur - Decatur, TX

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Blue and white sign on the side of the Masonic lodge.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member WalksfarTX

location: Texas

date approved: 8/28/2019

last visited: never

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Ghost SignsHostellerie de Vauban - Colmars, France

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Une inscription très effacée sur un mur qui rappelle l'annexe de l'Hostellerie de Vauban

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YvesProvence

location: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

date approved: 8/28/2019

last visited: never

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Ghost SignsCoca~Cola Sold Here - Carrollton, GA

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On the eastern side of the Wash Bowl

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

location: Georgia

date approved: 8/15/2019

last visited: never

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Ghost SignsWrigley's Peppermint Gum-Marianna, Florida

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Located on US 90 across from the courthouse

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62

location: Florida

date approved: 8/15/2019

last visited: 8/6/2019

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Ghost SignsBrakes - Abilene, TX

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On the side of National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member WalksfarTX

location: Texas

date approved: 8/15/2019

last visited: never

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Ghost SignsOverland Service Station - Abilene, TX

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Painted on an alley wall off 2nd Street between Cedar and Cypress.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member WalksfarTX

location: Texas

date approved: 8/15/2019

last visited: never

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Ghost SignsCoca-Cola Offices - Carrollton, GA

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The address and text identify the buildings in this district. This building houses Coca-Cola downstairs, upstairs: Carroll Mills & Mandeville Mills, today called Hudson Mills - Apartments.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

location: Georgia

date approved: 8/15/2019

last visited: never

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