Archive


Layout of painted sign on paper for Cabury Bournville Cocoa
The Lewis & Skinner archive is a collection of materials relating to the work of a Melbourne signwriting company from the first half of the last century. These were fortuitously discovered by Dr Stefan Schutt last year and he has since been working to archive […]

Lewis & Skinner Exhibit Featuring Ghostsigns and Live Signwriting



Mural depicting men hanging out on the steps of a house
Daniel Lohmann kindly shared the link to this archive of Los Angeles mural photography from Ernest A. Long. There is an introductory article on the Getty education blog and the collection contains 200 images, all taken between 1973 and 1883. Like London it seems that Los […]

Los Angeles murals photographed by Ernest A. Long







Hand painted sign on building for W.E.Baxter Ltd Printers Bookbinders Stationers 1
A number of new additions have been made to the History of Advertising Trust Ghostsigns Archive.  Some of these are new photos of signs already covered in the archive but many are completely new material for the collection.  Here are a handful of my favourite […]

HAT Archive: January 2012 Additions



Laura Carletti Certificate
Congratulations to Laura Carletti who took home an award for her presentation of the most recent paper on the Ghostsigns Project at the Digital Engagement conference in Newcastle.  The paper is available for download here, with the following note regarding copyright: “Permission to make digital […]

Ghostsigns Research from Laura Carletti Scoops Award




Hand painted advertising on a building for various motoring brands
Since handing over day-to-day responsibility for the archive to the History of Advertising Trust there has been a steady influx of new material. 49 new signs have been uploaded to the online galleries and this means that c.750 are now documented through the collective efforts […]

49 New Signs




Bull Dairies painted sign on wall by Nick Stenning 8
I received an email this morning from a mural artist with an interest in working to restore/repaint Ghostsigns in the UK. She found me via a great project being run by the London Mural Preservation Society. I started drafting a response and then realised I’ve […]

Fresh lick of paint


Current Archaeology Ghostsigns Oddsoc
The Ghostsigns Project has officially been classified as an Odd Soc (odd society) in this nice little column in Current Archaeology magazine. Click the image above an zoom in for the full size scan below or follow this link to Flickr.

Odd Soc