Monday, October 16, 2017

When the Light Is Right

New details reveal themselves.
Sure, we've seen this view before, but...

Before, we never noticed this. 
Comparing it to our earlier photos, it was there, but went unnoticed.
We believe it was part of the German National Bank sign.

Monday, October 9, 2017

A New Look at an Old Favorite

Sure, we've featured the Mockbee building many a times. And there's good reason we keep coming back to it.

There's so much going on. 

There's so many details.

So much layering.
So many former uses for the building. 
For instance, can you see the "Outdoor Advertising" or the "Signs" signs?

Friday, October 6, 2017

Schwartz' Point

We were going to feature this OTR jazz club after it closed, but then we found out through 
Queen City Discovery that it's reopening.

So we won't. Ignore this post.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Celebrity Sighting

We've long ignored this mural at the corner of Race and Liberty.

Largely because it's more of a mural than a sign.
And because it's rather "modern."
How modern? We're guessing early 90s.

Based on the presence of Urkle from Family Matters, which ran on ABC from 1989 to 1998.
However, it IS advertising a diner, Ollie's Trolley, and it is faded.

Monday, September 18, 2017

A Walk to Walnut Hills

We became aware of this sign in Walnut Hills recently, and decided to hike up to get a picture.
There's not much legible, other than "measure" and "school."

Along the way we decided to revisit some old favorites, like this one, on Gilbert.
(Note the faint "Finn" above the Ohio Blue Print sign.

Still on Gilbert. Not a sign, but we've featured a few of these alarm boxes before.

On McMillan. Across from the old Kroger. Definitely an old favorite.
We hope as the building is renovated, the developer decides to keep it.

With a photobomb from a more modern eye-catching device.
Note the painted-over chicken.

Probably was a glorious neon sign when it was created.

A very curious building. The doors are marked "men" and "women".
And above that, in the center, there's more lettering we can't quite make out.

If one is going to walk to Walnut Hills, one has to walk back.
We noticed this on the hill on Vine Street.

And it looks a mess, but we're still certain this wall just above Liberty, where Main turns into McMicken, there was a sign here.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


In Hamilton, at 127 and Heaton, we saw this on a recent pass through the community.
Is it a partial "Hamilton", or simply "Milton"?

We didn't have time to look around the rest of the building, but on the east side, Google Earth shows us more ghost signage, for Mohawk Papers and "machine shop."

Monday, September 11, 2017

Brewery District

We found this a couple of Sundays ago, at Mohawk and Stonewall.

We can't make out much, other than what looks like German lettering.

As to the neighborhood, we're not sure. The county lists it as OTR, if you were talk to neighbors, they might say Mohawk, which is not a recognized neighborhood. But it also may be considered Fairview.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Meanwhile at the Museum

We toured the Cincinnati Museum Center yesterday, and while these aren't ads, they are faded, and thusly, pretty cool.

The 5 and 6? This was a parking garage back when Union Terminal was primarily a train station. 

Always good advice.

More parking information.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A Closer Look

We've long admired this beauty, sitting just off of McMicken at the end of Elm Street. 

But until recently, we never noticed there's a lot more going on with it.
The " ETAL BLA  " is pretty obvious. (METAL BLAST?)
But until this bright sunny day, we never noticed the "JACKSONBREWERY" arced across the top, or the faded words on both sides of the double windows.

This is why we revisit ghost signs.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


First, our thanks, praise, and congratulations to ArtWorks.

They have shown us murals and ghost signs CAN coexist.

And mad props to 3CDC for restoring this classic sign. 
They could have painted over it, but chose instead to return it to its former glory.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Reader Submission

These three signs come to us courtesy of Ms. D. Walz, who writes, "My 12 year old daughter is now on the ghost sign kick. She took these on vacation in downtown Fargo with her dad."

Brava, Young Ms. Walz. Brava!

Thursday, August 3, 2017


Long time readers will know, we like to revisit signs from time to time.
Lighting conditions change, and sometimes we notice things we haven't before.
For instance, the yellow on this sign on McMicken, just west of Vine, pops like it hadn't before.

Also on McMicken, closer to Main, we were so taken with the giant Firestone lettering, 
we failed to notice the smaller sign closer to the sidewalk.