16 Mar 2022
ABC: Always Be Checking (for more Ghost Signs)
I’ve been following photographer, researcher and writer MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson on Instagram ever since her involvement with last year’s ghost signs exhibition at the Neon Museum of Philadelphia. She posts some wonderful material from across the USA and is well worth a follow.
MaryAlice also writes a blog, Ghost Signs, Roadsides and Travel, and has kindly allowed me to share one of her posts here with some light editing. It’s an homage to the benefits of curiosity when seeking out ghost signs to photograph.
Follow that Ghost Sign Hunch! Luck Prevails in Danville, Virginia
Danville, Virginia, is a ghost sign banquet, and by the time I came across this garage I was nearly stuffed. Thanks to Ken Jones’ excellent blog, I knew that the city’s warehouse district was filled with more delicious ghost sign morsels than I had a right to expect, and I’d already devoured quite a few when I rounded a corner and saw several ghost signs on a public parking garage:
As usual, I checked the sides and back of the building, and as I rounded the corner and saw an open door to this building, now a public garage, a little voice in my head said, “Check the inside too!”
So I did. And what did I find? Not one. Not two. But three ghost signs, beautifully preserved.
First, inside the door:
And around the corner, Harper & Croxton “Distributor”. Underneath there’s a very faded Hav-a-Tampa cigar advertisement.
And finally, the piece de resistance, The First National Bank / Cordiality … it’s your account / Member F.D.I.C.
And, on the building next door, this:
Thank you, ghost sign gods. You’ve come through again.