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Ghost Signs
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Managed By: Icon Here The Wall Dogs
Faded, painted signs, at least 50 years old, on an exterior building wall heralding an obsolete product, an outdated trademark or a clue to the history of the building's occupancy.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 Papiers Peints  - Soissons - Franceview gallery

SESE38 km

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Ghost SignsPapiers Peints - Soissons - France

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Fading advertising leaflet at a gable

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Iris & Harry

location: Hauts-de-France, France

date approved: 6/23/2017

last visited: never

Image for Ancien Panneau Publicitaire à Chantillyview gallery

SWSW51 km

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Ghost SignsAncien Panneau Publicitaire à Chantilly

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[FR] Un ancien panneau publicitaire dans la ville de Chantilly. [EN] A ghost sign in the city of Chantilly.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache

location: France

date approved: 3/18/2009

last visited: 4/23/2015

Image for Hôtel de ville de Laon / Franceview gallery

EE53.1 km

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Ghost SignsHôtel de ville de Laon / France

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Sign of former Hotel, Building nowadays in use as a Town Hall.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Iris & Harry

location: Hauts-de-France, France

date approved: 7/7/2017

last visited: never

Image for Jean Jaurès - Paris, Île-de-Franceview gallery

SWSW92.2 km

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Ghost SignsJean Jaurès - Paris, Île-de-France

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[FR] Une enseigne publicitaire sur le mur est d'une maison à Gentilly [FR] An advertising sign inthe south wall in Gentilly.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Tromel

location: Île-de-France, France

date approved: 8/6/2018

last visited: 8/6/2018

Image for Publicité Valentine, Ballancourt sur Essonne, Franceview gallery

SS121 km

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Ghost SignsPublicité Valentine, Ballancourt sur Essonne, France

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Ancienne publicité pour les peintures Valentine / Old advertisement for Valentine paintings

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Gatinaise

location: Île-de-France, France

date approved: 2/15/2016

last visited: 3/30/2017

Image for Sunlight soap - Lessines - Hainaut - Belgiumview gallery

NENE144.4 km

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Ghost SignsSunlight soap - Lessines - Hainaut - Belgium

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Gost sign Sunlight soap

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member lopac44

location: Hainaut, Belgium

date approved: 4/21/2018

last visited: never

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