A Field Guide to Richmond Ghost Signs

Ghost signs, also known as faded ads, are the disappearing painted letters and illustrations for businesses on the sides of old buildings. Hand-painted by “wall dogs” in the days before vinyl billboards became popular, these signs are a history lesson on the early days of advertising. They are the things that everyone sees, but no one notices. 

 

Shot with 35 mm photography on an Olympus I got on eBay.

A Field Guide to Petersburg Ghost Signs

Written, designed and photographed by me.