Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Our assistant in Grand Rapids, Miss A. Birky was particularly enamored with this one, blocked by the solid wall of a parking garage.

And if you look closely, there's a couple more signs farther back.

At least they're protected from the elements, and when that parking garage comes down, they'll still be there.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Over Old

As mentioned yesterday, there are a lot of new buildings in downtown Grand Rapids, and some of the ghost signs suffer for it.

Another example tomorrow.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Downtown Furniture City

For the rest of the month of July, our ghost signs will be from Downtown Grand Rapids.

We were amazed at how many signs we found, especially considering how many new buildings are there.  But, the City has kept many of the old structures in place, and in shape.
Quite frankly, it was also one of the cleanest downtowns we'd ever seen, but that should hardly be surprising.
As clean and new as everything looked, it also seemed nigh deserted.  Over the lunch hour, as we conducted our survey, there was hardly anyone out on the streets.  One might almost call this haven of ghost signs, a ghost town.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Foreground and Background

In the foreground, you see the Imperial Metal Products sign.  They are still in business, so technically, this does not qualify as a ghost sign.
In the background, there is downtown Grand Rapids.
Next week, our little tour moves into the heart of the city, and ooh boy, have we got some good ones for you.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

She's Got Eyes

While we were looking up for ghost signs on a walking tour of Grand Rapids, our niece, Miss A. Birky, found this at street level.