Individual Signs

Blog posts about particular ghostsigns, including those which have been lost (RIPs), repainted or where some general research has been done about the sign.


Restored painted sign on a wall for Larkspur Drinks 4
This is the second of a series of three posts on current ghostsigns restorations in the UK, following last week’s piece on the Palladium Cinema sign in Morecambe. (See this This sign for Larkspur Soft Drinks is on King Street in Drighlington, West Yorkshire. The […]

Larkspur Restoration by Brian the Brush





Fading shop fascia for F.C.Osborn Bookseller 1
This beautiful shop fascia was recently revealed on Dalston Lane, Hackney, London, as part of renovations to the shop by a new tenant. (Thanks Bryce for tipping me off!). The following photos show some of the detail of this sign for F.C.Osborn, Bookseller, who occupied […]

F.C. Osborn and the Fading Fascias



RE Ringer General Merchandise store front
In an effort to save this fading and rusting shop front, Beth and Tony Walls moved the entire building 150ft to allow for a highway widening project. Martin Garfinkel of Roadside Gallery has captured it beautifully in this fine art print, available to buy here. […]

Moving Walls to Save a Ghostsign



Hand-painted shop fascia for D.Appell 2
Ghostsigns are regularly revealed by property development and the updating or removal of billboards. This is the first instance I’ve come across of the weather, in this case the wind, leading to a shop fascia becoming visible once again. The ‘Valentine’s Day Storm’ last Friday […]

D.Appell Fascia Revealed by the Valentine’s Day Storm



Clipping from Letterheads magazine showing Coca-Cola ghostsign in negative 4
Following the talk at St Bride, a chain of events led to Ash at Brilliant Signs, via Stewart at McLaren Signs, sending me a copy of Letterheads Magazine from 1998. I’d expressed an interest because of the big centre spread showing lots of ghostsigns. However, […]

Mirrored Ghostsign from Portland, Oregon



Hand-painted lettering on a wall saying 'Furniture Bought, Sold Or' 10
This is a detail from one of my all-time favourite ghostsigns. It’s on Dulwich Road in South London and already features in the History of Advertising Trust Ghostsigns Archive. I had never actually seen it ‘in the flesh’ so it was a great surprise addition […]

S Errington and some other South London Ghostsigns


Ghostsign in Ypres, Belgium, advertising details for visitors from the British Legion 4
[This post has been updated since it was first published on 18th August 2013 to reflect clarifications received from Genevra Charsley of Flanders Battlefield Tour.] This intriguing English-language ghostsigns is found in Ypres, Belgium, and has been identified for protection given its historical significance. I […]

Ghost of the British Legion in Ypres, Belgium   Recently updated !









Large mural advertising the Victor Clothing Company and featuring actor Anthony Quinn
This huge advertising mural in Los Angeles was painted to coincide with with the Olympics in 1984. Named “The Pope of Broadway”, the mural features a local hero, the actor Anthony Quinn, and was painted by the artist Eloy Torrez. It advertises the Victor Clothing Company which […]

Anthony Quinn and the Victor Clothing Company





Large hand painted sign on a wall in France advertising Dubonnet 15
I had to share this as it is a brilliant example of the classic ‘Dubo, Dubon, Dubonnet’ campaign with illustrations in the hand painted form. It was captured by Scott Phillips in Paris in 1983 and, on his blog, he describes how he was able to create this wonderful image. The original artwork […]

Dubo, Dubon, Dubonet in Paris, 1983   Recently updated !


Hand painted welcome sign for Small London in Nigeria 1
I didn’t think I’d end up writing about the major sporting event beginning with ‘O’ in my home town of London. That was until I came across this TV spot from Nike. It features many of the other ‘Londons’ found in the world, including, at […]

TV commercial features hand painted sign for Small London, Nigeria





Photo of newly painted sign on Great Western Road, London, W9 2
This new hand painted sign on the building housing the Union Tavern was sent to me by regular correspondent Ross Corben.  It is advertising the famous Fuller, Smith & Turner brewery from nearby Chiswick and has clearly been produced to have a dated look, in […]

Fuller, Smith & Turner: Chiswick Ales & Stouts