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.)

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