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

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 […]

Cadbury Ghost Sign

Larry from Sign Vision sent us this beautiful old Cadbury’s sign located in Eaglemont in Victoria. The building is now an office / studio but still proudly displays the buildings heritage. Sign Vision 7 Lower Heidelberg Rd Ivanhoe 3079 03 9499 5357 0412 44 99 51

Creative Conversations: The Lewis & Skinner Signwriting Arch

Uncover the story behind many of Victoria’s fascinating ghost signs! Intrigued by abandoned documents found at a Footscray demolition site, Dr Stefan Schutt started piecing together the forgotten story of local signwriting firm Lewis & Skinner, whose handiwork adorned more than 10,000 milk bars, service stations, railway hoardings and offices from the early 1900s to […]

Repainted Ghost Signs Debate

An ongoing debate around the world is how to protect and preserve ghost signs. Some want to repaint them, others encase them while others say to leave them alone. Dr Schutt (Find The Radio Book) says repainted ghost signs will lose their appeal. We agree. While the debate cannot be treated as a one size […]

Coca-Cola ghost sign gets new life in Johnson City

JOHNSON CITY, TN – More than 125 years ago, Coca-Cola introduced its brand new refreshing and invigorating soft drink with painted advertising wall murals in towns and communities across the country, particularly in the rural South. Thousands of these iconic advertising murals remain, but many have become faded ‘ghost signs’. On Thursday, Coca- Cola Bottling […]

Stephen Beaumont | Ghost Sign Hunter

Stephen Beaumont is a Melbourne based Ghost Sign Hunter with a fabulous collection of over 400 ghost signs pictures. What is clearly evident with Stephen’s wonderful collection of ghost signs is his passion for them and the way he quietly goes about building his collection. It’s all about the signs with Stephen, not about personal glory. Ghost signs […]

The Ghost Sign Hunters

A wonderful interview with Nick Gadd and Stephen Banham on ABC Radio discussing ghost signs and ghost sign hunting. Ghost signs – those ephemeral, faded signs on the sides of buildings which advertise a shop or product of days gone-by – hold a particular appeal among a growing band of enthusiasts who are photographing them […]

England’s ghost signs: Are old fashioned painted adverts making a comeback?

They offer a glimpse into the past and stand as fading tributes to products and services long since forgotten. But an interest in the so-called ghost signs that still adorn thousands of buildings in England is making a contemporary comeback. The quaint, hand-painted murals enjoyed their heyday in the 1920s and 1930s when homeowners used […]

Celebrating ‘ghost sign’ advertising boards

BBC Inside Out discovers the forgotten ‘ghost signs’ or old advertisement billboards which are found on gable ends across towns and cities in Britain. Designer Wayne Hemingway is a huge fan and thinks they should be treasured and preserved for future generations. Presenter Dianne Oxberry met John Rymer who runs a Facebook site and Twitter […]

Meet the ghost-sign hunters

Enthusiasts travel miles to photograph faded hand-painted adverts for products and businesses that no longer exist – symbols of defiance against the city’s relentless progress. They’ve just knocked down an unremarkable little building on Latrobe Street, Melbourne, so they can throw up an apartment block – sorry, an “iconic 43-storey residential tower with a jewel […]

Frank H Jump: Not Fade Away

Its rather rewarding when the world doyen on ghost signs, Frank Jump refers to the signs as “Fading Ads” which we have been doing for some time. Fading Ads makes more sense, and better describes what these beautiful old adverts really are today. In the documentary below, Frank from New York describes how he sees […]

Keepers of Ghosts Seminar | Signwriting Project

On Tuesday 27 May 2014 there is a seminar in Footscray about our ‘Keepers of Ghosts’ signwriting exhibition and mural painting project. The seminar will feature Stefan Schutt and professional sign artist and historian Tony Mead, who also played a leading role in the project. The Keepers of Ghosts project began when 10,000 records from […]

Ghost signs of Ballarat

Fabulous article and pictures by Kara Irving in The Courier newspaper of Ballarat about local ghost signs. THE pale green and yellow markings of a hand painted Daytron Electronics sign still peeks above the brick-building tops on the Doveton Street North horizon. After three decades of being exposed to Ballarat’s scorching summers and harsh winters, […]