Vote Against Prohibition Ghostsign in Baltimore 5


Fading hand painted sign on a building in Baltimore

Photo: Samuel Adam Johnson

This is the first ever example from the modern era that I’ve come across of hand painted advertising on buildings used for political purposes. There are the ancient ghostsigns of Pompeii which I’ve written about before and also the murals of places like Nicaragua and Northern Ireland. This photo from Samuel Adam Johnson caught my eye as a piece of political advertising on a specific piece of legislation and provoked a few related thoughts:

Also a couple of questions:

  • Who was this advertising targeted at? Who was having a vote on this issue?
  • What other ghostsigns exist that promote political ends or lobbying in this way?

Answers in the comments please.

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