Ghost Town
Ghost Town
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They are hiding in plain view – ‘ghost signs’ that provide faded memories of another age, another time, that tell a story about the area and people who once lived there. And if you look carefully, ghost signs are all around us – painted advertisements on buildings for products and services that have long gone, but the signs have remained.


In some of the city’s oldest areas, they are rife, peppering buildings once at the heart of their neighbourhoods, quietly reminding us how business and industry has changed. The paint is flaking, the letters are becoming more indistinct with age, but it is still possible to make out the 1950s advertising for ‘H. W. Baker Linen Co.’ on the side of this building on Capitol Hill. Such painted signs were used for adverts, through the 1950s, but then mass-produced posters and billboards became cheaper options.


Worldwide, there are such ghost signs all around us fading; and some argue they should be listed, like buildings of architectural merit. But with no-one responsible for it, the question remains as to how long it will last for future generations.


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