Owl Cigars ghostsign mystery in San Francisco 2


Corner of building showing portion of hand painted sign for Owl Cigars

Photo: Kasey Smith

Kasey Smith of the Perception Filter blog has just posted this fascinating piece of investigative research into the origins of the Owl Cigars ghostsign on Meacham Place, San Francisco. Can you think of any other theories that would explain its unlikely position given the evidence that Kasey presents?

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  • John

    “Can you think of any other theories that would explain its unlikely position given the evidence that Kasey presents?” Actually, yes. A couple possibilities: (1) Not all buildings are as short today as when they were built. Once in a while, extra stories get added. (2) Streets and alleys sometimes get closed for private use. One of those uses is to put up a new building where pedestrians formerly had the freedom to roam.

    • Thanks John, theory 1 in particular appeals and could perhaps be verified by checking planning applications at these locations to see if any of the buildings have been extended upwards since the sign was painted. I’ll alert Kasey.