Friday, September 4, 2015

On Baltimore

Still in Kansas City. 

And while trying to get a better picture of the fire-proof hotel, we found this:

And we might not have found either had we not be looking for this:

Mr. B. Johnson in front of the world-famous Kansas City Public Library.
(Not a ghost, but worth a viewing in person.)

Next week: a Return to Nebraska.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

KC Savoy

The Savoy was hit by fire last year, but will soon be the latest boutique hotel from 21C Museum Hotels, which also renovated the Metropole, in Downtown Cincinnati.

For a little perspective, note the ghost signs to the right, featured earlier this week.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

All Along Wyandotte

The Baker-Vawter Building is on the National Register of Historic Places, and today, houses lofts.

But look at that tile sign!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Along Wyandotte

Yesterday's photos were looking west.  Today, it's the east side of Wyandotte Street.
Trozzolo is still in business, but we respect their use of a painted sign.

And on the south side of the building.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Kansas City Library District

Technically, it's now the old Old Spaghetti Factory, and it hasn't been replaced with a new Old Spaghetti Factory.  Not in KC, anyway.  The company is still operational in other cities around the nation.

According to, this is part of KC's Library District, and we'll be featuring ghost signs from there all week.

Note the faded green blotch. 

And one we almost missed.

Friday, August 28, 2015

More to Come

At least another week's worth of Kansas City ghost signs to come.
In the meantime, enjoy this one, and take note of the Richards and Conover sign in the background featured earlier this week.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bull Durham Ghost Sign in Kansas City

Bull Durham signs are often what people think of if you mention ghost signs.

This one is at Wyandotte and Fifth, in Kansas City's River Market neighborhood, and there's a question of whether it's well-preserved or restored.

It's has some wear and tear, but is rather bright for something that may be close to 100 years old.

(Bull Durham signs started appearing in the 1870s, but, according to ghost sign historian William Stage, the fence post covering up the bull's unmentionables wasn't added until around 1909.)

Either way, it's beautiful.

(A search for the painter company, Tnos Cusach, turned up a few references in trade publications from Chicago, around 1920, but little else.)