Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Preservation Talk

We've been talking a lot about the preservation of ghost signs lately.

And we realize that not every ghost sign is probably worth saving.  We admit, some we've found are too far gone to do anything about.

But, if we could, if we had a say, if there was an effort to save some, which ones would we want preserved?  And what could be done about the rest?

We'd like to forward a modest proposal, based on this fantasy.
(And based on ghostsigns' actions.)

First, we'd create two classes: Preserve and Protected. 
Preserve would be just that.  An effort to keep the ghost signs, through repainting, or other means.
Protected would mean signs that would be allowed to fade away naturally, without fear of being covered up, or torn down.

So, starting today, we'll start identifying some of the signs around Cincinnati that should saved.

Starting Downtown:

Maybe Quaker Oats would be willing to pony up some cash to restore this sign.

(We realize Spatz is still in business.)

We realize some of these are too far gone to restore, or don't have great historical value, but they could still be protected.
It's a starting point for discussion.
Did we miss any?

Monday, September 15, 2014


Until recently, there was a beauty supply store here, on 6th Street.
But, I always got the sense, the Newberry's sign was from an earlier incarnation.
Can any long-time Cincinnatians confirm?

In Winnipeg, there's an effort to catalog that Canadian community's ghost signs.

And a tip o' the hat to Ghostsigns for bringing it to our attention.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Quick Turnaround

A year ago, there was a big empty mall Downtown.

The stores and food court vacated before the Cincinnati Film Festival used the premises last September.  And in a few weeks,

The building will reopen as a parking garage.  Think about that: in about a year, the interior was stripped, reformed, and re-purposed.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Shuffling Off

These two gems come to us via Mr. B. Johnson, during a recent excursion to Buffalo, NY.

He reports there were a great many more in the city by the lake, but he was only able to capture these two.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Where Else?

Where else would you have a violin repair company, except for across the street from Music Hall?

Sadly, Azzi and Wolf appear to have moved on.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Collective

On Ludlow, just east of Clifton.
It was recently home to the Marburg Collective.

On an unrelated note, our friends at GhostSigns recently took action to try to save a sign.