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Updated on September 14, 2014

Ghost Signs Across the United States

Ghost signs are those old painted signs on the sides of brick buildings that are faded and sometimes hard to see. These nostalgic old signs are now just a ghost of their previous life.

These old advertising signs are also sometimes called "wall dogs." Unlike billboards or standalone signs, these signs were painted directly onto the buildings.

Ghost signs can take up part or all of the side of a building and were usually advertising signs for a product or a business when they were originally painted on the building. Most ghost signs are found on brick buildings.

These signs are recognized today for their artistic significance and beauty. Many people work to preserve these ghost signs on buildings to keep part of a bygone era alive.

Image Source: Ghost sign, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Source: Bill Whittaker, Apr 2008

Hotel ghost sign on brick building in Springfield, Illinois.
Hotel ghost sign on brick building in Springfield, Illinois.

My Introduction to Ghost Signs

When I lived in Springfield, Illinois, I found out about the walking tours of architecture around town. An architecture designer organized and moderated these walking tours. It was interesting to see the buildings I drove by every day through the eyes of an architect.

Each year, Downtown Springfield sponsored a free architectural walking tour that was held once a month from May to October. We met at a designated spot and started from there. We walked several blocks during each tour looking at architecture from as early as the late-1800s and as recent as the 1950s.

On each tour, if a building we passed on our scheduled tour had an old painted advertising sign on the brick facade, the architect stopped and pointed it out. This is where I first heard the term "ghost signs." I'd seen these signs but didn't know what they were called.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

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Ghost Signs in Maryland and Beyond - Thanks, Lori!

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Ghost sign in Frederick, Maryland. Photo Credit:  Lori Burdoo Visit her Squidoo profile:  http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/gottaloveitGhost sign in Georgetown, Maryland. Photo Credit:  Lori BurdooGhost sign in Philadelphia. Photo Credit:  Lori BurdooSavannah, Georgia ghost sign. Photo Credit:  Lori BurdooGhost sign on freestanding sign, Berkeley Spring, West Virginia. Photo Credit:  Lori Burdoo
Ghost sign in Frederick, Maryland. Photo Credit:  Lori Burdoo Visit her Squidoo profile:  http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/gottaloveit
Ghost sign in Frederick, Maryland. Photo Credit: Lori Burdoo Visit her Squidoo profile: http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/gottaloveit
Ghost sign in Georgetown, Maryland. Photo Credit:  Lori Burdoo
Ghost sign in Georgetown, Maryland. Photo Credit: Lori Burdoo
Ghost sign in Philadelphia. Photo Credit:  Lori Burdoo
Ghost sign in Philadelphia. Photo Credit: Lori Burdoo
Savannah, Georgia ghost sign. Photo Credit:  Lori Burdoo
Savannah, Georgia ghost sign. Photo Credit: Lori Burdoo
Ghost sign on freestanding sign, Berkeley Spring, West Virginia. Photo Credit:  Lori Burdoo
Ghost sign on freestanding sign, Berkeley Spring, West Virginia. Photo Credit: Lori Burdoo

Layered Ghost Sign by Tom Bland - for sale at Etsy.com

Tom Bland's photo of layered ghost sign
Tom Bland's photo of layered ghost sign

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Stoke Newington, London, UK.

Photograph by Tom Bland.

My 'Sign Of The Times' project documents striking ghost signs wherever I can find them, and is an ode to the more traditional methods of advertising before the arrival of the digital screen and revolving billboard: graphic design, typography, craftsmanship and paint.

Sign of the Times

Ghost sign in Springfield, Illinois on a brick building. Reads "Hotel" with something under it I couldn't make out.
Ghost sign in Springfield, Illinois on a brick building. Reads "Hotel" with something under it I couldn't make out.

Advertising Signs May Be Fading Away

but you can learn more about them

Often ghost signs are discovered when one building next to another building is torn down. The outside walls of the two buildings were so close together that the old faded art of the ghost sign was preserved from the weather and elements.

Ghost signs were originally hand painted onto sides of brick buildings advertising stores like a drug store or a clothing store. Sometimes the advertising was for a product like tobacco or laundry soap or quaint products like liniment.

Ghost signs "are known as 'ghost signs,' so called because many have faded beyond recognition from decades of exposure to the elements," according to the mtstandard.com.

Most municipalities do not consider ghost signs to be of historical significance, therefore, these relics are not able to be preserved unless the owner takes on the job.

Ghost sign shown here on a building in Springfield, Illinois.

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Ghost Signs - Springfield, Illinois

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Ghost sign "Hotel" on brick building in Springfield, IL.Ghost sign "Hotel" on brick building in Springfield, IL.Ghost sign "Hotel" on brick building in Springfield, IL.Ghost sign on brick building, can't read what it says. Black on brown.
Ghost sign "Hotel" on brick building in Springfield, IL.
Ghost sign "Hotel" on brick building in Springfield, IL.
Ghost sign "Hotel" on brick building in Springfield, IL.
Ghost sign "Hotel" on brick building in Springfield, IL.
Ghost sign "Hotel" on brick building in Springfield, IL.
Ghost sign "Hotel" on brick building in Springfield, IL.
Ghost sign on brick building, can't read what it says. Black on brown.
Ghost sign on brick building, can't read what it says. Black on brown.

"I love ghost signs because they are tangible

reminders of the past and they're so subtle -

they're there, but they're not there."

~ Andy Masich, president of the Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip District

Source: Triblive

Ghost Signs in Rural Missouri - Thank you, Veryirie!

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Veryirie sent me this ghost sign in her hometown in Missouri. Visit her Squidoo profile:  http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/veryirieAnother rural Missouri ghost sign complements of Veryirie.Visit her Squidoo profile:  http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/veryirie
Veryirie sent me this ghost sign in her hometown in Missouri. Visit her Squidoo profile:  http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/veryirie
Veryirie sent me this ghost sign in her hometown in Missouri. Visit her Squidoo profile: http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/veryirie
Another rural Missouri ghost sign complements of Veryirie.Visit her Squidoo profile:  http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/veryirie
Another rural Missouri ghost sign complements of Veryirie. Visit her Squidoo profile: http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/veryirie

Decals of Ghost Signs for Trains

Add character and an authentic feel to the buildings in your train set with these decals of ghost signs. They come in several sizes including N scale, O scale, and HO scale as well as customizable sizes to suit your specific needs.

Ghost Signs in Zanesville, Ohio - Thanks, MaxReily!

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Fellow Squidoo writer sent me these photos of a ghost sign in Zanesville, Ohio. Thanks, Max! Photo credit on these four photos:  MaxReily  Please visit Max's Squidoo page:  http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/MaxReilyBronchini, the Great Cough Cure. What a great name. Wonder if the product was that great too!Lovely old building with ghost sign in Zanesville, Ohio.When Max sent me these photos, she wrote, "I'm hoping that there was once a porch or stairway at that 2nd story door!" Me too, Max, me too! I think I see a faint outline of steps going up to the upper door.
Fellow Squidoo writer sent me these photos of a ghost sign in Zanesville, Ohio. Thanks, Max! Photo credit on these four photos:  MaxReily  Please visit Max's Squidoo page:  http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/MaxReily
Fellow Squidoo writer sent me these photos of a ghost sign in Zanesville, Ohio. Thanks, Max! Photo credit on these four photos: MaxReily Please visit Max's Squidoo page: http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/MaxReily
Bronchini, the Great Cough Cure. What a great name. Wonder if the product was that great too!
Bronchini, the Great Cough Cure. What a great name. Wonder if the product was that great too!
Lovely old building with ghost sign in Zanesville, Ohio.
Lovely old building with ghost sign in Zanesville, Ohio.
When Max sent me these photos, she wrote, "I'm hoping that there was once a porch or stairway at that 2nd story door!" Me too, Max, me too! I think I see a faint outline of steps going up to the upper door.
When Max sent me these photos, she wrote, "I'm hoping that there was once a porch or stairway at that 2nd story door!" Me too, Max, me too! I think I see a faint outline of steps going up to the upper door.

Ghost Sign in Homer, NY - Thanks, Chazz!

Ghost sign in Homer, New York.
Ghost sign in Homer, New York.

Ghost Signs in Mankato, Minnesota - Ghost Signs from Riverfront Drive and Old Front Street in Mankato. Thanks, Char!

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Coca-Cola sign on the side of a building.J.B. & D. RichardsBull Durham smoking tobacco ghost sign.Bull Durham sign.
Coca-Cola sign on the side of a building.
Coca-Cola sign on the side of a building.
J.B. & D. Richards
J.B. & D. Richards
Bull Durham smoking tobacco ghost sign.
Bull Durham smoking tobacco ghost sign.
Bull Durham sign.
Bull Durham sign.

Sunkist Ghost Sign and Elevator Ghost Sign, Arizona - I Finally Found Some Arizona Ghost Signs!

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Sunkist Mesa Citrus Growers ghost sign in Mesa, Arizona. Photo Credit:  Peggy HazelwoodFP Hillson and Sons elevator ghost sign, Mesa, Arizona. Photo Credit:  Peggy Hazelwood
Sunkist Mesa Citrus Growers ghost sign in Mesa, Arizona. Photo Credit:  Peggy Hazelwood
Sunkist Mesa Citrus Growers ghost sign in Mesa, Arizona. Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
FP Hillson and Sons elevator ghost sign, Mesa, Arizona. Photo Credit:  Peggy Hazelwood
FP Hillson and Sons elevator ghost sign, Mesa, Arizona. Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Ghost Signs in Peoria, Illinois - Thanks to My Sister for Taking These Great Photos

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A ghost sign with a balcony beneath it. Love this one!Hotel Mitchell ghost sign.Ghost signs on old factory looking building.Storage sign.Sealtest dairy ghost sign.
A ghost sign with a balcony beneath it. Love this one!
A ghost sign with a balcony beneath it. Love this one!
Hotel Mitchell ghost sign.
Hotel Mitchell ghost sign.
Ghost signs on old factory looking building.
Ghost signs on old factory looking building.
Storage sign.
Storage sign.
Sealtest dairy ghost sign.
Sealtest dairy ghost sign.

Ghost Signs in New Orleans - The French Quarter

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Ghost sign selling liver pills.Layered ghost signs making it hard to read any of the words. Love it!Mother cat carrying kitten ghost sign for OK Storage Co.Uneeda Biscuit ghost sign with lovely French Quarter buildings in the foreground.
Ghost sign selling liver pills.
Ghost sign selling liver pills.
Layered ghost signs making it hard to read any of the words. Love it!
Layered ghost signs making it hard to read any of the words. Love it!
Mother cat carrying kitten ghost sign for OK Storage Co.
Mother cat carrying kitten ghost sign for OK Storage Co.
Uneeda Biscuit ghost sign with lovely French Quarter buildings in the foreground.
Uneeda Biscuit ghost sign with lovely French Quarter buildings in the foreground.

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Have you ever seen ghost signs on buildings? Where? When? Did you get a photograph?

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      kathryn-gillespie 4 years ago

      Yes, my sister introduced me to ghost signs in Springfield, IL. They are fading works of advertising art and I can't help but look for them now when I'm out and about. I've taken pictures of some in Springfield, White Hall and Peoria, IL. Love them.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I saw some ghost signs on a building in Austin, Texas. Can't remember what it was exactly.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      We have a ton of those here where I live (TN)...I'll try to remember to take one and send it over. My memory isn't great, but I'll write myself a note and try! *Blessed*

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      Mishael A Witty 4 years ago

      Yes. I'm from Louisville (one of the links you listed from the University of Louisville), so I've seen them downtown. I've never taken a picture of them. I didn't think they were anything special because they were just something I'd grown up around and had always taken for granted. Now I've gained a new appreciation for them. :-) Definitely have to take some pics next time I'm downtown!

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      km-architects 5 years ago

      Ghosts signs are such a great, quirky piece of history! In fact the only public advertising I can bear looking at. Good lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      In the city near to where I live (Leeds, England) my Grandad used to run a funeral directors and the sign is still on the building. Now that's a true ghost sign!

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      Jack 5 years ago

      We have some old historic buildings with ghost signs in my city.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @DreamsBloom: Thanks! That is a great photo of a nice ghost sign. I've added a link to the blog to the article.

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      DreamsBloom 5 years ago

      I was just reading this blog when I noticed a picture of a building with ghost signs on it and thought of this lens.

      http://sassytrash.blogspot.com/2012/08/a-little-wa...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this important part of history on a lens. This is so unique. :)

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      It is good that someone is photographing and documenting these pieces of history before they get painted over. I'll keep my eyes open as we travel the country.

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I photograph abandoned houses and ghost signs too.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      I have seen these signs painted on old buildings but had no idea they were called ghost signs. The term makes sense as they are fading away.

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      nancyrowina 5 years ago

      Really interesting lens, These are all over the town I live in on the isle of wight in England. This has inspired me to photograph them and create a lens on here. The architecture of Ryde is really interesting too as a lot of it is victorian.

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      cynthiannleighton 5 years ago

      Yes! Portland Oregon and surrounding area. Quite a few! Over the years... nope! Did not occur to me to get pictures.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I love that you've opened my world up to looking for these signs. I'm always on the lookout for them and now even John takes pics of them for me (you). Love this lens. Keep it going and blessed!

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      Elric22 5 years ago

      I live in NYC and the ghost signs get more attention from me than the "live" ones do!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Diana Wenzel: I would love to add some Colorado ghost signs if you ever take any photos and would like to share! I used to live in Colorado and don't remember seeing a lot of them though I do remember some on South Broadway in Denver.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I love the vintage look of these ghost signs. I'll have to see if I can find some in any of the Colorado towns I visit. Thank you for introducing me to the term for these old advertisements. Always great to be exposed to new concepts. Congrats on your recognition as one of the top community lenses. What a special honor. I am delighted for you.

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      Inkhand 5 years ago

      I find the narrow and covered windows of these old buildings very ghostly, together with their fading signs, it feels kinda of creepy.

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      jeremykim2011 5 years ago

      Now I have an inspiration for my next lens! Thanks!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      I'm sure that I have, and now that I've read this lens, I'll be looking for them. Thank you for this fun lens.

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      interesting reading thank you for posting!

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      MariePalmer LM 5 years ago

      I have one I would like to share but I'll have to get the photographers permission, which I think will be fine.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @MariePalmer LM: I'd love to show it here if you can share it!

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      SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

      We have a huge one here on the east end of Long Island that says, "Woolrich" on a big abandoned building. Looks creepy-- like the backdrop from an old horror movie! Very interesting lens! I 'liked' it very much!

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      TheBaseballCoach 5 years ago

      I have seen them many times but didn't know that they were called ghost signs

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @SPhilbrick: I'd love to add some Maine ghost signs, Shirley!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Nancy Hardin: Thank you, Nancy, for the blessing. I used to see lots more of these in Illinois too. The West is too young to have too many, I think.

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      SPhilbrick 5 years ago

      Maine is loaded with these signs. I'll keep my camera handy and photograph some when I can for you to post. Very interesting topic!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I've seen them back in my old stomping grounds of Indiana and Kentucky. Here in Vegas, there probably are a few, but most buildings get torn down before they get old. Besides, once neon started, nobody painted signs on buildings any more, preferring the bright glitz. This is a great lens, so interesting to read, and you deserve all the recognition it receives. Thanks for sharing. Blessed.

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      acliff 5 years ago

      I didn't know there was an official name for them! Thanks for the article. I've seen a lot in Maine!

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      I am always looking at old architecture in my travels and love the ghost signs I have seen. I didn't know that is what they are called. Fascinating lens. Congrats on being one of the top 11 for the Top Lens of 2011! *Squid Angel Blessed* This lens has also been added to My Squid Angel Wings to the "Voted the Top Squidoo Lens for 2011" module.

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      MaartjeJepsen 5 years ago

      I have seen these signs but did not know their story. Interesting!

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      Never knew what these were before. Very interesting lens!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Very cool lens. I'm keeping my eyes out for these.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've seen ghost signs before, but didn't know what they were called. I really enjoyed your lens. Congratulations on being one of the top 11 in 2011!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      As part of my work I visit many small towns around central Kansas and have dozens of examples of these Ghost Signs. I should start taking a camera to record the ones I find.

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 5 years ago

      Very original lens. Makes one look around a city landscape from a different perspective.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      This is such a neat lens. I'm going to see if I can find some "ghost" signs.

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      pajnhiaj 5 years ago

      Wow now i know the actual term for these wall signs. I used to think they were graffiti advertisement from the past. Thanks!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @nursecraft: That would be great to get more photos to add here. Thank you!

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      nursecraft 5 years ago

      Well, I have seen these types of signs! But I never knew there was a term for them-very interesting! "ghost signs"-to me meant like the above picture! But now that I know it is a treasure-I will be photographing them and will pass them on to you in the future-thanks for a great, original lens!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @anonymous: Oh, Sam! I love that you left this link here. I visited your site and it's great! I look forward to reading more there and checking out your wonderful photos.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice to find this, I am a fellow enthusiast working with Ghostsigns in the UK, learn more about the project here: http://www.ghostsigns.co.uk

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Congratulations on being on the top 11 in 2011. I didn't realize there was a name for those old, faded signs.

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      sherridan 5 years ago

      Hope no-one steps out of the door in that last photo - looks like the steps down are ghost, as well!

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      I've never seen a ghost so sure appreciate the sightings by others. This is a very cool and "ghostly" lens. Congrats on top 11 ~thumbs up and blessed.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Anthony Altorenna: Thank you!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @manicnymph: I would love that! Anyone with photos who would like to share them, contact me through the Contact button on my profile and I'll be in touch.

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Ghost signs are fairly common in the old mill towns of the northeast, and are interesting reminders of the past economies. Very nicely done, and congratulations on being in the Top 11 for 2011 !

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      manicnymph 5 years ago

      Congratulations! I'll have to take some pictures for your lens! :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @julescorriere: That must be great to get to see these old signs. I live in Phoenix and it's not old enough to have many.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Elle-Dee-Esse: That must be a great old building. I'd love to add a photo of it here if you ever want to send it my way!

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      Lynne Schroeder 5 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      We have the ruins of a 19th century school for girls nearby with the remnants of its name barely visible on the tower. Congratulations on being in the Top 11 for 2011

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      So happy for you Peggy! This article deserves to be among the very very best chosen for 2011.

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Have seen several, but didn't know they were called ghost signs. It's a shame that they'll eventually fade away. Congratulations on being one of the final 100 favorite Squidoo lenses of 2011!

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      I work in Tennessee's oldest town, and I love all of those old handpainted signs. Congratulations for being nominated for the Community Favorite Lenses for 2011 and for Making the Monster Board!!! Well done! I am adding you to the list of lensmaters I follow! Nice Work! Happy New Year!

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      Coreena Jolene 5 years ago

      Congrats on your lens for 2011. I am love finding old signs as well. Happy New Year!

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      Debbie 5 years ago from England

      I love seeing the old signs showing through on buildings. Congratulations for being in the Top 11 Squidoo lenses for 2011! ~~Blessed~~

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      Auntiekatkat 5 years ago

      Congrats on being nominated for Community Favorite Lenses of 2011. A wonderful lens. Fortunately we both share one thing it was easier to vote than for most as mine was my "why-I-am a- vegetarian was nominated as well. A proud moment for all of us. Good luck in the voting.

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      Ann Scaling Tucker 5 years ago from Enid, OK

      We have quite a few "ghost signs" around town and thank goodness my town is trying to preserve old signs, buildings, etc. I love the old things. Here is some angel dust for the lens. Happy holidays!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @OhMe: Thanks so much, OhMe!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Back to congratulate you on being in the Top 100 Community Favorites.

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Yes, I have seen a lot but didn't know they were referred to as ghost signs. Interesting!

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      NAIZA LM 5 years ago

      Very unique topic! Terrific lens I enjoyed reading and the photos. Congratulations on your Purple Star. Well deserved. :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @firstcookbooklady: That would be great! I love adding new (old) signs here.

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      Char Milbrett 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I will have to send you a few photos. I have seen a few around.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I'm baaack but with wings this time! You're blessed. I've been meaning to send you some more pictures of ghost signs in Md but never seem to have the camera around when I see one. I'll still work on it for you.

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      DreamsBloom 5 years ago

      I've seen these old advertising signs and such on old buildings. But never heard them called ghost signs before, which seems like an appropriate name. I think there are some in my town, but are so faded that you don't really notice them.

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      Ann 5 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      I'd never heard of ghost signs, how intriging

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      Very unique topic. I'll keep a look out in our local State Park for any Ghost signs. May have 'seen' them and been unaware.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Joan Haines: Send 'em, MiddleSister!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Ann Hinds: I would love to add more ghost sign photos to this lens!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @poutine: Thank you!

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your new Purple Star.

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      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      We travel so I will keep the camera handy. Well deserved purple star!

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      There are tons of them in southeastern Pennsylvania where I live. If I keep my wits about me, next time I see one, I'll snap a photo and send it to you. What a historically and artistically intriguing lens!

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      Wendy Henderson 5 years ago from PA

      These were really neat. I've seem ghost signs but didn't know they had a name.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @gottaloveit2: I understand! And don't have a wreck trying to take a picture!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Hey! I'm in print!!! Thanks so much for the shout out. There are some other great ghost signs around but, everytime I see them, I'm driving!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @anonymous: Thanks, Max, for sending the four photos you took in Zanesville, OH. I love them! They are a great addition to this lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Stopped by this lovely lens again to Google +1 and Tweet it. Love the nostalgia of these.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Pam Irie: Thanks so much, Pam, for the photos. They add so much to this article!

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I'm so glad I read your lens before my trip back to the mainland. It was fun looking out for ghost signs. Next time, I'll hit Kansas City. :)

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      I think we've all seen these, but I never knew they had a name, until now. Cool page.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @gottaloveit2: No problem. If you do, I'd love to feature them here!

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      I keep seeing these now that you pointed them out and mean to send you a few pics I've taken. Of course, now, I can't find the pics.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Frischy: Thanks, Frischy.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @bossypants: I love seeing where the flight of stairs was too! Thanks for your kind comments.

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      Frischy 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Our city has a fair number of them. I have never taken photos, but maybe I should consider it. Interesting lens!

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      bossypants 6 years ago from America's Dairyland

      I've seen them and enjoy them, too, but didn't know they had a name! Makes me wish I'd snapped some shots! Another thing that always fascinated me (although I don't know why) is when a building with a common wall has come down and you can see the indication of where a flight of stairs used to be. I guess it's the relic of something past that makes it interesting. Love this lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very creative idea for a lens. Great job!

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      Diane Cass 6 years ago from New York

      We have ghost signs on the old buildings in our little downtown. Some of those buildings were build in the early to mid 1800's and the signs look almost as old. I never knew that is what they are called. Very interesting article.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @OhMe: I like them too, OhMe. I'd love to find some but there aren't too many in Phoenix that I'm aware of.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have never heard the term "Ghost Signs" before so am glad to learn it because I do like Ghost signs and we have lots in my neck of the woods.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Lovely lens idea. Never took any snaps thought! :|

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      Bernie 6 years ago from Corbin, KY

      saw them but never took shots

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @anonymous: MaxReily, that would be great to add that photo to this lens. I love these signs, too. Sadly I don't see them here in Arizona.