Ghost signs, also known as faded ads, those painted signs we’ve probably all seen, are those ads usually painted on the side of a brick building. They advertise such things as Omega Oil or Mail Pouch chewing tobacco. I fell in love with these signs years ago, that love affair coincided with my love of history. Whenever I see one I invariably pull over to photograph it. Here are some of my favorite ghost signs.
Advertisement for Sinclair Oil is painted on corregated tin, Cody, WY.
A ghost sign selling signs in Astoria, OR.
An old ad for Bull Durham Smoking Tobacco in Oakland, OR.
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