Ghost Signs in PGH

The thing I love about this city is how far we have come in the past few years with so many new things happening. It’s too hard for me to sit here and list everything. Even though I enjoy the progress I see, I also appreciate the rich history of Pittsburgh. I have heard people comment on how we like to live in our steel mill past, I like to think we are proud of our past.
Working in design and collage, one of my favorite things to see when I’m walking around are the ghost signs left on buildings. It’s been a big inspiration to me, so I love when I come across new ones that I have never seen before. I thought I would post some that I found interesting:

Photos above are by erjkprunczýk

Photo by tvDAVEpgh

Photo by Shane Henderson

Photo by Robby Virus

Photo by Joseph A

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    Don Henderson
    August 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Nice collection of Ghost Ads! You have several of my favorites posted here. I’ve been shooting Ghost Ads for years and have several hundred of them. Being a graphic designer and illustrator, I look at Ghost Ads as advertising history.

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    Rose Duggan
    August 10, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    These are great I go by so many of them everyday. They’re called Ghost Ads? I love that.

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    August 16, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Ahhh, my beloved Brew House (the “DUKE” one). I lived there for four years in a crazy, huge colorful loft.

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    Iain M
    August 19, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Lovely photos — I love these ghost ads. It has inspired me to do something similar in YTZ (Downtown Toronto) before all of the old buildings are demolished for condos. Thanks for sharing.

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