Ghostsigns in Amsterdam & Some Repainted


Fading painted sign on a wall and a bicycle

Ghostsign (c.1893) and bicycle on Spuistraat, Amsterdam

Last month I visited Amsterdam as part of my work on Better Letters. (Read more about it here, including lots more photos of lettering and signage.) While there I saw a number of ghostsigns, including many that have been repainted as part of the work that features in the book Tekens Aan De Wand. Below are a few of the photos I took, but also one for Fiat that I haven’t ever shared from my trip there in December 2007. This is unusual versus the rest which largely seem to be for small businesses as opposed to big global brands.

(Click here for more blog posts about ghostsigns in the Netherlands.)

Remains of painted sign for Fiat on a wall

Partial Fiat ghostsign

Painted sign on a wall for Motor Stalling

Repainted sign for Motor Stalling, featured as a restoration in the book Tekens Aan De Wand

Painted sign on the front of a building for Fijnstrijkerij Van Buiten

Repainted sign for Fijnstrijkerij Van Buiten, featured as a restoration in Tekens Aan De Wand

Painted sign on a wall for Cafe Sluterij

Sign for what at first glance appears to be Cafe Slutery, but is actually Cafe Sluterij

Painted advertising on a wall advertising two different companies

Repainted signs for two companies, featured as a restoration in the book Tekens Aan De Wand

Gold shop fascia lettering saying Comestibles

Fading fascia, part of a larger design on this corner building

Painted sign on a wall for A.v.Wees Cola Drink

Repainted sign for A.v.Wees Cola Drink, featured as a restoration in the book Tekens Aan De Wand

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