Friday, June 27, 2014

On the Road Again

These come to us from Ms. A Peterson-Rinehart, captured in Omaha, Nebraska.

We're closing up shop for a week, and heading on vacation, and hope to find some ghost signs in the great state of Michigan.  Back a week from Monday.
In the meantime, feel free to search our archives, (to the right), and get your fix.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Life on the Street

The back entrance to the current Hamilton County Board of Elections.
Also, homicide cops work out of here too.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A More Modern Touch

Along Warsaw Avenue, across the street from the Public Library.
Most of the ghost signs we see were created in the late 19th, or early 20th Centuries.  This is rather obviously late 20th.

Monday, June 23, 2014


Three years ago, we ran in the Redlegs 5K, and noticed this sign, along Mehring Way.  We made a note of it, and promptly forgot about it, because the front of the building was much more noticeable.
Until this year, when running in the Redslegs 5K, when we saw it again.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Cool Sweet Smoke

There has to be a good explanation for why this beauty has escaped our attention before now.

It's on McMicken, near Colerain, and very close to the Mockbee.

All we can offer is that we saw it years ago, but the lighting was bad, and we filed it away for a future shoot, and forgot about it.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

High Five

Warsaw Avenue, a couple blocks east of yesterday's entry.
I see a giant 5, which makes us think of this.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Warsaw & McPherson

How about a slightly better angle?

(Candy Cathartic?)

And on the other side of the building, one we've captured before:

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


This one is soon to be lost.  The building will be torn down, and a new Drop-Inn Center, a homeless shelter, built in its place.

Monday, June 16, 2014

May Stern

Sandwiched between two vacant homes, on State Avenue.

If we find one more May Stern, it will have to have its own category.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Look Familiar?

Acquired at the annual book sale for the Cincinnati-Hamilton County.
And it's a durn good album too.

Some new ghost signs next week, as we return to our usual fare.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014

Gone to Kentucky

The storefront church is vacant now, the Scientologists having gone to Florence, KY.

Interesting side note: the founder, L. Ron Hubbard, was born in Tilden, Nebraska.  We had a girlfriend while in college, who was from there too.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

A Reprieve?

The Writing on the Walls is not taking a firm stand on whether the building should be torn down or not, but we will say it'd be a shame to lose that signage.

You'll remember recently, the building developed a hole near the roof.  
So, it's been "fixed".  At the cost of the guy's head.  That's probably a good indication of the future of the ghost signs.

Digging Cincinnati History did some substantial research on the building's storied past.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Gone, but not Forgotten

On the side of a former hotel, on Fairfield at O'Fallon, in Bellevue, KY.

The "old" sign is just a relief now.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Return of the King

We've been through this intersection, Warner and Wheeler, a few times, and never noticed anything, until yesterday, when Elvish magic revealed this. 
(Click on the pic for a better view.)

*Yes, we know the character from Lord of the Rings is actually Aragorn, but we couldn't resist.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


On Short Vine, a street that ought to be teeming with ghost signs, IMHO.  But it isn't.

Monday, June 2, 2014

This Should Look Familiar

But, that was when we were still new and inexperienced enough to make mistakes like "not checking the other sides of the building for more signs."