Friday, 7 November 2014

Ghost Signs

Nothing to do with Hallowe'en, or any other spooky goings-on, this is actually a Facebook group I'm a member of.

It consists of people taking photos of old signs that were once painted onto buildings etc.  I find it fascinating - it sets me thinking about the old shops, factories etc that these signs once advertised.  What went on there?  Were they a part of their communities?  Did they provide much employment in their areas?  What stories lie behind those signs?

I find myself looking for these signs everywhere I go, hoping for the opportunity to take another pic.

Here's a few of the signs I've contributed to the group:


  1. The thing that always strikes me about signs actually etched into the brickwork of old buildings is the confidence Victorians and Edwardians seemed to have in the permanence of their institutions. None of your here-today-and-gone-next-week plastic signs for them!

  2. What part of the world are the photos taken Gary?

    1. Mostly in Leicester. The Stout sign was in Stratford-upon-Avon.

    2. If I had to guess I would have said sheffield