sign posts

These are called ghost signs.
They were painted on the sides of buildings
&
then someone built another building
that blocked it from view;
when the newer building was torn down
the old sign saw the light of day again.
This is for Livingston Radiators,
automobile radiators,
I took it months ago.
I think its on Broadway in the 60s.

35 comments:

  1. You are an urban archeologist uncovering just the sort of treasures that I LOVE!!!!!
    Thanks for bringing me these things that my Waikiki lacks.

    Aloha Daryl

    Comfort Spiral

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  2. I love stuff like that! And also it reminds me of the view from our window of the Soho Grand. Great pic!

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  3. Neat stuff, Cloudia is correct, you urban archeologist!

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  4. cool stuff the history is awesome... evidently the older construction was better too!

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  5. I love those old painted on brick signs, they've got so much character and a much more genuine feel than all the glitz and neon of today.

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  6. Outdoor advertising certainly has changed.

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  7. I LOVE ghost signs and this one is just great!

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  8. ...That is so cool! :o) I see one when I visit historic Main Street in St. Charles Missouri, it's on the side of a historic building and very faded but it is for Red Goose Shoes...remember those?

    ...Great shot!

    ...Blessings... :o)

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  9. That's painted? Looks so 3d cool. I hope you amaze yourself....like you do us.

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  10. You absolutely are an urban archeologist! And, that is what I love about visiting your blog. And, because NYC gives you such a diverse dig, we are here with you for the long haul my friend!
    xoxo

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  11. Ghost signs huh? Didn't know what they were called. I've seen a few around here. They are hard to photograph. You did a great job on this one.

    BTW,my header photo is an oakleaf hydrangea. Very popular in the south. Their green leaves turn this marvelous red in the fall. Glad you liked it too!


    Bon weekend! It's a little cool this morning. Yippee!
    V

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  12. Quite an impressive sign. I hope the same company was in that building by the time it became visible again.

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  13. Isn't interesting how that happens. I am looking at a similar event from my window - a past revealed in our lifetime! Good thinking to shoot that before it disappears again behind some awful contemporary postering.

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  14. I can imagine in its heyday this was a vital business in the midst of the city.

    It's nice "they" leave the old signs as a sign of what once was.

    Nice shot, Daryl!

    P.S. Are you going to post the picture of the cat at the vet's office?

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  15. NYC is endlessly fascinating. Neat that you share it with all of us.

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  16. when the NEWER building was torn down! funny - love the idea of ghost signs :)

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  17. GAH.
    Making me miss NY so much! Especially the High Line. I really want to see it.
    GAH!
    :)

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  18. Ah, ghost signs, never heard this, but it is to the point. They are often very hard to photograph because of the faded colours that make little contrast - you did a great job with this ones.

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  19. I am always looking for these 'ghost' signs...great capture.
    Happy weekend!

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  20. You could probably do an entire blog of just signs.

    Wish we had more of those in this area, but we don't.

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  21. Wow. That is very cool. I am fascinated by those! I see lots of barns around here with words painted on them! So cool! Sometimes they have big yellow smiles. That makes me happy too!

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  22. Do ghost signs attract ghost customers? Eek!

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  23. I've been eyeing some ghost signs in my small town. They are ghosted differently--not tall building built next to them and then removed later. They simply have faded over the years. One day I will stop and get the picture.

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  24. I had absolutely no ideas they called them Ghost signs. I will now have to look at them and actually see them from now on.
    Joyce

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  25. Lillian Hellman: Pentimento:
    Old paint on canvas, as it ages, sometimes becomes transparent. When it happens, it is possible to see the original lines. a tree will show through a woman's dress, a child makes way for a dog, a large boat is no longer on an open sea.

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  26. wonderful capture of the ghost sign...reminds me of one i came across in saint louis.

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  27. That's very cool. I wonder how many people had no idea it was hiding in there.. until the tear-down of the other building.

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  28. These are always fascinating. And it is sort of an archaeological find. Great catch!

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  29. Another time, another world. I love things like this.

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