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