Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Reader Submission

These three signs come to us courtesy of Ms. D. Walz, who writes, "My 12 year old daughter is now on the ghost sign kick. She took these on vacation in downtown Fargo with her dad."

Brava, Young Ms. Walz. Brava!

Thursday, August 3, 2017


Long time readers will know, we like to revisit signs from time to time.
Lighting conditions change, and sometimes we notice things we haven't before.
For instance, the yellow on this sign on McMicken, just west of Vine, pops like it hadn't before.

Also on McMicken, closer to Main, we were so taken with the giant Firestone lettering, 
we failed to notice the smaller sign closer to the sidewalk.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Everything New is Old Again

We're happy to see this OTR landmark return to a more natural state.

What had been done to it, you ask?

Now, we're curious about what's next. We believe if it were going to come down, 
they wouldn't have bothered removing the Mixx paint job. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Somewhere in New York

Sharp eyed reader Ms. S. Fleming spotted this in New York City.
She believes the bottom line reads "RESTURAUNT." 

A theory confirmed by the godfather of American Ghost Signs, Mr. Frank Jump.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Win Some, Lose Some

Work looks almost done on the Ensemble Theater expansion, and they haven't covered up this sign. We are hopeful that means they're going to leave it as is.
Which is important...

Because this one is gone.

And so is this one.

And so are these.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Signs of Hope

Call us crazily optimistic, but it sure looks like someone is repainting 
this sign at Walnut and 13th. 

If you're not convinced, compare it to this
Or a more recent picture from our "Why We Hunt" series.

There are purists in the ghost sign world, (yes, there is a subculture of ghost sign enthusiasts.), who disapprove of restoration.
We here at Faded Ad Art are coming around to the idea of restoration.


Because someday it will fade again, and be a ghost sign again.
So,the Faded Ad Art official position is "It's better to restore than lose altogether."

Friday, July 7, 2017

Scenes from the Sign Museum

A couple of summers ago, the American Sign Museum hosted a wall dog convention.

Wall dogs are the men and women who paint signs on the sides of buildings. 
They created a few while they were there.

Here and Now broadcast a story on painted ads this week, and how they're making a bit of a comeback.

We've featured these before, but they're worth sharing again.