Ghost Sign in Peterborough


Our Scott Arnold spent the day in downtown Peterborough getting a great vantage of the city’s architecture and buildings from rooftops. Have a look at his great pics below (notice the Market Hall Tower stands out in many).

Source: Postcard Perfect: Rooftop Views Of Downtown Peterborough — PtboCanada

I went to Google Maps to get a better look.


Miniature Houses with Ghost Signs

They call them “realistic street advertising in miniature”. They are ghost signs for miniature buildings as part of miniature villages for train sets and other mini hobbyists. Kind of cute and really realistic looking too. There seem to be several variations which is really good to see. I thought there would be two or three at most. But, there are enough to make each of your buildings have a different ghost sign.

Now I’m wondering if there are miniature abandoned buildings too.

Auto Related Ghost Signs Contest

Not sure if this is ongoing but you can check the Facebook group and contact the company. If you have automobile related ghost sign photographs they will pay $25 for your photo. Seems worth looking into.

National Parts Locator Service Ghost Sign Photo Contest


Ghost Signs Contest

These are old signs of the past. They are still among us, but they are slowly disappearing. They are old and faded now. They are signs that were painted on the sides or front of buildings, walls, billboards on the road, they used to advertise products and services of a bygone era. The most common Ghost Signs seem to be old Coke ads. Many of them are 50 years old or older.

We are searching for auto-related Ghost Signs of the past. Anything that is auto-related will be considered. Such as gas stations, oil logos, old Dealerships: Packard, Cadillac, Hudson, Nash, Studebaker, Kaiser, Oldsmobiles, Pontiacs, etc., Part Stores, Tires, Batteries, Roadside Attraction Signs, Auto Garages, and more. They represent a bygone era, some painted, but many were electrical. They represent our past. They attracted our attention, but now they are ghostly, faded reminders of days gone by.

We will pay $25 dollars for clear photographs of these Ghost Signs. Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

Found a Local Ghost Sign

I was looking at Google Maps today and noticed a ghost sign I haven’t noticed before. I’ve actually walked along those streets, on the corner of Dunlop right there but it didn’t catch my eye. Next time I’m out downtown I will have to get a photograph of this sign myself. This image is a screen capture from Google Maps.

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Ghost Signs

6958196_f260Before billboards advertising (names of businesses most often rather than ads as we think of them now) was painted on the sides of buildings.

Now those old ads are ghost signs, faded, weathered and forgotten. But, if you watch for them, you will still find a ghost sign in a town or city near you.

Ghost Signs are Not Signs of Ghosts

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Ghost signs are old painted advertising on the side of buildings. Usually weathered and aged, they can be almost unreadable. Some of them may be covered over with multiple painted ads and other new ads like billboards. Others disappear and are forgotten when new buildings are constructed and overlap the space.

Ghost signs are special because they are vintage advertising. Usually the original business, service or product are long gone out of business, moved or have become absorbed into bigger corporations. I like ghost signs. They’re a bit of nostalgia, like having a surprise visit from a time machine.

I’ve heard ghost signs called wall dogs, street type and brick ads too.

The photograph with this post is one of my own. I took it this past weekend during a drive around Ontario, in the area of Niagara Falls. Ghost signs aren’t so hard to find if you keep an eye open while driving through a small town, or just about any size of settlement/ community. I seem to find them easier in small towns. Maybe because there is less construction, less chance the old buildings will be knocked down for the sake of progress.

Ghost signs are a bit of our history, faded but still around. But sign painting is fading away as a profession. Modern signs are created with different materials and posted on billboards.

Resources for Ghost Sign Explorers

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