Fitzroy Carlton Bitter Sign

Many eastern suburbs Melburnians will recognise the Gasometer Hotel in Fitzroy, seen after coming off the Eastern freeway towards the city. The attached sign has been exposed during construction works on southern side of the hotel where apartments are being built    Arguably the only cool thing about ‘progress’. How sick is this old Carlton […]

Simmie & Co Sign

This building is located on the corner of Rankins Road and Smith Street, Kensington. Simmie & Co were local builders with significant orders in the 1920s and 1930s. The company used this address as their headquarters from 1934 but the current building is thought to date from 1947 or 1956. It still operates as a […]

Kensington Butcher Sign

This is a well preserved and prominent butcher’s sign on the corner of Rankins Road and Parsons Street Kensington. There used to be a significant row of shops in Rankins Road Kensington, some of them supporting the stock yards further up Racecourse Road. Gallery Pic 1 Pic 2 Many thanks to Michael Taylor Director MICHAEL […]

Kensington Robur Tea Sign

This Robur Tea sign is typical of thousands found in Melbourne on the sides of hundreds of buildings. It is located in Rankins Road, Kensington, Victoria. Many thanks to Michael Taylor. ROBUR TEA Robur tea were prolific advertisers throughout Australia from early 1920’s through to the 1970’s. Robur Tea was originally Griffiths Brothers Teas.  In […]

The Gasometer Hotel Ghost Sign

Aaron Hogan added a new photo to Ghost Signs Australia’s timeline — at The Gasometer Hotel. With the recent demolition of the deco brick factory next door a great ghost sign has been revealed on Smith Street Fitzroy. Also visible is the ghost outline of the former cottage on the site. Sources Aaron Hogan added […]

Carlton Ghost Sign

I took this photo from my window @ Quest on Finlay, Carlton. The window overlooked a lane way behind Drummond Street. February 2016. ROSS BROS. Manufacturers of KNITTED OUTWEAR & UNDERWEAR Entrance at 111 Drummond St. Phone F. 3766 Victorian Gallery

Fremantle Facade

Great facade of a building in Henry Street, Fremantle. Facade of former Sadlier building, now a private residence, at 36 Henry St Fremantle WA. Photo taken 22 October 2016 by Roel Loopers: If you look at this building in Google Maps, the sign is not visible, so it has only recently become so. Garry […]

Chrysler Factory Ashwood

Here are two pics of the old Chrysler Factory in Maple Avenue Ashwood, S.A., now the Le Cornu factory, soon to close. Cortesy of Les W Gallery

Beach Road Chelsea Sign

Photo taken on Beach Rd Chelsea Victoria January 2016 Peters Ice Cream were a popular and big advertiser around Australia with billboard, television and radio advertising featuring prominently. Thanks Peter Peters Ice Cream

Brighton Beach Station Sign

A wonderful NESTLE sign photographed in 2014 at Brighton Beach Station. Nestlé have advertised in Australia for many years including some very well known brands and products. Aero, Carnation (milk), Cheerios, Drumstick, Kit Kat, Nescafe, Maggi, Milo, Smarties to name a few

Thornbury Sign: Chrysler Valiant Dodge Simca

This week we have a wonderful new picture sent to us by Travis of a sign advertising Chrysler Valiant Dodge Simca in High St, Thornbury. I saw this sign in Thornbury and thought I would pass it on. It has been exposed last week after a building was demolished for more apartments. It’s on the side of […]

Ivanhoe Ghost Sign

A cafe called Mr. Peebles ( 54 Lwr Heidelberg Rd ) opened recently, and the plaster on one was removed to reveal this sign. They have assured me it hasn’t been re-touched even though the condition is excellent. Looks like silver paint ( originally mixed from powder ). Originally there must have been a vacant […]

Maylands Ghost Sign

A fabulous set of signs has been uncovered in Maylands as reported by Emma Wynne on ABC Perth. The historic shop signs have been temporarily uncovered when an adjoining shop was pulled down An advertisement for painter John E Mount (Painter) has uncovered he emigrated from England in 1911 and worked as a painter and decorator, […]

Currie & Richards Warehouse

The Currie and Richards Warehouse was erected in 1875 as a three storey brick workshop/warehouse for Alfred Shaw and Co., tinware manufacturers. The building features a stucco facade, and is regularly fenestrated with a rusticated ground floor, prominent string courses and Tuscan cornice entablature. The architect is unknown. The 1869 date on the parapet refers […]

Brushing Up On Old Skills

This wonderful article by Carolyn Webb in TheAge tells us that handpainted signs and murals are not a thing of the past. Young entrepreneurs make it big with hand-painted street ads A fledgling advertising company is earning up to $200,000 a job by returning to old-fashioned handpainted outdoor murals. In just two years, Apparition Media […]