Thursday, December 29, 2016

Reader Submission

Sent to us by Ms. D. Walz on her most recent trip to Batavia, IL.

She reports her daughter caught this one.  (Teaching the next generation of ghost sign hunters!)

A fake ghost sign, on a modern day Portillo's.  We've seen this before, and don't object to it.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Church Furniture

In Omaha, still near 12th and Nicholas.
The Ossit Church Furniture Company appears to have been based in Janesville, Wisconsin.  And also apparently is no more.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Big Signs Sing

This part of Omaha is seeing redevelopment and revitalization.

We can only hope that these beautiful signs survive.

We particularly love the big block letters here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Just north of Omaha's new TD Ameritrade Stadium, there's a warehouse district, with a cluster of ghost signs. This particular building is at 12th and Izard.

We'd like to thank our Western Field Agent, Mr. D.L. Hudson for not only driving us to the airport, but also stopping so we could run around and capture these beauties.

Dr. Strang

On a recent visit back to Nebraska, we stopped in Strang for lunch, and remembered taking this ghost sign from the last time we were here.

But we also noticed some faint lettering off to the side.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Smoke Black Peter Cigars

There was a bar at 12th and Race.  It was the kind of place that opened at 6 in the morning and was closed at night. 
With gentrification all around, it finally closed for good.
Now, someone is working on reopening it, and their work uncovered these.

We don't feature glass ghost signs often here, because, well, the nature of glass is to break. 
And typically, most we find are not that old or interesting.
Until now.

We believe this one, on the 12th Street side, is an advert for Bold Cigars. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Bored of Elections?

The Board of Elections of Hamilton County used to be on Sycamore, between 6th and 7th, before moving up to the 800 block of Broadway.

Monday, November 7, 2016


Offered to us by Mr. B. Johnson from his recent visit to Columbus, Ohio.

A good ghost sign hunter is always ready to capture a shot at a moment's notice.

Thursday, October 27, 2016


It's kind of unusual to see a sign so professionally painted on 
such a temporary surface.
But, it's at Race and Findlay, if you're curious.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Mystery Solved?

We've shown you this before; the old Queen City Radio at 12th and Central Parkway.  It's now a bar called appropriately Queen City Radio.

At the time, we speculated the visible circle was an O, or 0, or a 9. We later wondered if it were a tire, not unlike this at 15th and Race.

But 'lo and behold, inside the new pub, a photo of the building's previous incarnation, and complete with a glorious sign.

But, is the mystery solved? Is the top of what we thought was an O or a 0 or a 9 or a tire really a rounded M?

Could be. But looking closer, we see the circular shape also apparently has a border close around it. 
Compare that with the border around the edge of the Teem sign, and they don't appear to match.
So, the mystery lives on.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Tucked away in the Rhinegeist Brewery is a party room. 
And on the walls, old markers indicating we know not what.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Back on McMicken

Lest you think we've been slack in collecting ghost signs first hand, (which quite frankly, we have been), here are some originals.

According to the book "They Built a City", W.T. Wagoners Sons was "...the city's largest producer of carbonated water (ordinary water to which carbon dioxide gas has been added under pressure), fruit drinks, and syrups for fountain service..."

Monday, October 17, 2016


Courtesy Ms. A. Shannon, during her recent jaunt to Cleveland.

A classic Uneeda Biscuit sign.
Uneeda biscuits were recently discontinued.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016


Along Elm, near the Rhinegeist Brewery, in Over-the-Rhine.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Reader Submission

Courtesy of Ms. J. Woll, during her recent trip to Savannah,GA.
She reports it's on the back side of Paula Deen's restaurant, The Lady and Sons.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Just Passing Through

Louisville, we'll have to come see you sometime.

From earlier this summer.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Hot Springs

This beauty comes to us from Mr. M. Walker, during his recent stay in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
There's a lot going on in this ghost sign.  Let's break it down.




And bleeding through from beneath the Tom Moore, we can see a 
Drink Coca Cola.