Monday, May 22, 2017

Already Gone

Since we've lived in Cincinnati, this wall at 3rd and Broadway has been covered by billboards for beer.
Earlier this month, the billboards came down, and the scaffolding went up.

There's no certainty here, but with the blue and white patch in the upper left corner, and what appears to be lettering in the center, we're confident there was a ghost sign here.

It's since been painted over.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Reader Submission

We'd like to thank Mr. C. Schweer for finding this treasure for us, in the village of Western, Nebraska, which coincidentally, is about 30 miles west of yesterday's submission.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


These come to us from Ms. D. Walz from her recent trip to Beatrice, Nebraska.

Ms. Walz says the building is at 3rd and Court.

(And for you non-Nebraskans, it's pronounced "Bee-AT-tris.")

Also found on Court Street.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Car Knee

These signs, in Kearney, Nebraska, come to us courtesy of our Western Field Agent, Mr. D.L. Hudson.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Brewery District

We love finding old photographs of Cincinnati. 
Especially when they include signs before they went ghost.

And we especially love it when the building is still standing and we can compare then and now.

On McMicken, to the west of Elm Street.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Ghost Signs from a Ghost Town

Broadwater, Nebraska. Not technically a ghost town, as 128 people call it home, as of 2010.
Our Western Field Agent, Mr. D.L. Hudson points out the refurbished Coca-Cola sign.

And the Lazy U Motel, a nice little piece of Americana.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Touring Cincinnati

We took a tour of Cincinnati's ghost signs, Saturday morning.
Partly on the streetcar, partly walking.
A lovely morning.

It was inspired, in part by Ronnie Salerno's book:

Which, if you don't already have it, is a must-have.

Friday, April 14, 2017

A Couple from the Mailbag

Both from Ms. D. Walz. 
The first is from Council Bluffs, Iowa.

And this from Lincoln, Nebraska.

Keep looking up!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Why We Hunt Part II

The building at 13th and Walnut is undergoing renovations, reportedly for condos. They've already cut a whole in the wall, presumably for windows. 

This is the north side of the building, and one has to wonder how much longer this German message has.

Not far away, on Liberty, between Walnut and Main, this sign has been covered up:

Here's what it used to look like.

Over by Findlay Market: Gone.

At Race and 12th: Gone.

On McMicken near Race: Gone.

On 15th, between Race and Elm: Gone.

And that is why we hunt ghost signs.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Why We Hunt

Because as long as these signs have been around, they're not impervious.

More signs lost to history tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Grand Finale

Courtesy of our Western Field Agent, Mr. D.L. Hudson.

Tomorrow and the next day, we demonstrate WHY we try to capture ghost signs.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

More from Montgomery

Part two of our series from our Western (Southern) Field Agent, Mr. D.L. Hudson.
Two iconic signs on the same wall: Coca-Cola and Bull Durham tobacco.

Monday, March 20, 2017

From the Road

Our Western Field Agent, Mr. D.L. Hudson becomes our Southern Field Agent this week, as he sends us these from Montgomery, Alabama.

He found a slew of ghost signs near Court and Jefferson, and over the next couple of days, we'll share them with you.

Friday, March 17, 2017

An Update

A little more plaster came down, revealing a little more sign.
Specifically, the "since 1845."

Thursday, March 16, 2017


... Van Winkle.

Found in Lincoln.
Gracefully submitted by Ms. D. Walz.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Reader Submission

Courtesy of Ms. D. Walz, and our Western Field Agent, Mr. D.L. Hudson.
Captured in Council Bluffs, IA.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Going, Going...

Demolition started recently on the Dennison Hotel building.

Here's what it used to look like.

And on the north face:

Don't hesitate to capture a ghost sign. You don't know how long it's got.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Reader Submission

We were alerted to this recently uncovered gem by a Mr. D. Spencer.

It's on the north side of a building at Main and Central Parkway.
It's a mess, and we doubt it will be visible for long, so we're glad to have received the heads up!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Touched Up

Ms. D. Walz found these in Fort Collins, Colorado, and suggested they may be new.
The good folk at Ghost Signs say it has been touched up, and have the documents to prove it.

This one, however, is a mystery.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


On Fourth Street, some renovation revealed this.
Burkhardt Bros. Co.

Men's Apparel

And Indianapolis