Ghost Signs, Bygone Ads Painted on Buildings, Are Fading Away—Should We Let Them?

Celebrating the old timey advertising and the character it brings to cities before it disappears

Take a walk through any city, and you’ll spot bygone advertising on buildings, walls and in alleys. Usually, you’ll come across it when a building’s outer wall sees sunlight for the first time in decades when a building next door gets torn down. It might be the name of the hardware store that used to be there, or hotel, or seafood restaurant, or restaurant near a hotel.