Hidden Coca-Cola Ghostsign in Portland’s Witherspoon Building


Peter Vogel runs the Nutmegger Workshop in Texas, and specialises in vintage and faux aged signs. Back in 2014 he sent me this collection of pictures of a genuine Coca-Cola ghostsign “trapped within a vestibule behind and between” the Witherspoon Building and its neighbour in Portland, Oregon. It would originally have been visible on an exterior wall but was subsequently covered by the Witherspoon Building’s construction in 1890.

It features the ‘Relieves Fatigue’ slogan for the brand, and the long-time pricing of 5 cents in the USA. Both of these elements were used in our creation of faux ghostsigns for Coca-Cola’s London headquarters.

Finally, below is a photo of Peter in front of the sign he was working on in the building when he was shown this Coca-Cola ghostsign by his client at the creative agency Parliament Inc.

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