Ghost Signs of Upstate New York
Ghost signs, or fading ads or brick ads, are vestiges of hand painted advertisements on the sides of barns and brick buildings, usually for businesses that are no longer in operation. Sometimes a ghost sign can be an old advertisement for an existing business. Sometimes construction reveals these signs when a neighboring building is demolished. They were most popular in the years during and prior to the Great Depression. Some municipalities have repainted the signs as cultural artifacts, and I love these signs because they’re living reminders of the past.