11 Mar 2008

Ghost Signs Received (Europe)

Having been fairly busy over the last few months at work and on my course I’ve only been making the occasional posts of things that people have sent to me. What has resulted is a slight backlog of pictures and so these posts will pull these together along geographic lines (London, UK, Europe and USA).

All the pictures are creditted and thank you to everyone who has sent them to me. I’m always looking for new images, locations and bits of research so if you’d like to share your signs and stories just email them to me on sam@ghostsigns.co.uk.

So, next up are some signs from France and Germany sent to me by David, Lucia and Ian.

Creme Eclipse by David Tinney
Creme Eclipse by David Tinney

The French certainly have a flair for these signs. Something you really notice over there is the mixture of prolific regional or national campaigns but also the high number of shop/enterprise specific signs in small towns and villages. This one is for Creme Eclipse and was found in Aix.

Byrrh by David Tinney

This drinks brand had a campaign across France. This one is from Aix and I also saw one on last year’s visit to Beziers.

Beauty Products by David Tinney

Here’s one for the shop that was located in the building, here specialising in beauty products. Again from Aix.

Vetements by David Tinney

Another solo sign from aix, this one publicising a mens clothes shop. You can even get cravats there!

La Truffiere by Lucia Snoei

It looks like this shop in Contignac hasn’t been in business for some time but the old sign above the door lives on, just!

Droguerie by Lucia Snoei

Another shop gone out of business in Contignac.

Kreuzberg, Berlin by Ian Tuck

This is a painted sign on the entrance to the cellar of a building in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin. It was sent to me by Ian Tuck who is a former sign writer from London who produced the large Streets Cafe sign in Waterloo.

The sign writing tradition originated in Europe and was taken over to USA with the waves of immigrants in that direction. Each country has its own distinct style and you can see more at these sites:

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