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.
While on holiday in Michigan, we took our niece into Grand Rapids to join the hunt, as she has shown an interest in ghost signs in the past. Not only did Ms. A. Birky seem to enjoy the search, but she also spotted several signs first, including this one.
The discolorization around this billboard makes us thing there's probably a ghost sign beneath it.
Possibly even still legible.
The Kuzzins Lounge appears to be shuttered, but what caught our eye was the rest of the building. It likely used to be an old theater. Hard to see, but there are commedia dell'arte-style masks above the main entrance.
Back from vacation, with a treasure trove of ghost signs from Michigan.
Our first offering comes from Hastings*, Michigan. The only surviving ghost sign, Fellows Hardware, in a downtown that likely had more than a few. But, urban renewal has led to lots of painting, likely covering up other examples.
*We have several other ghost signs from another Hastings, in Nebraska. We've lumped this one in under the same tag, just to confuse you.