Five of the Best: Books about Ghost Signs
Over the years I’ve tried to seek out and review books about ghost signs here on the blog. Here is a set of recommendations drawn from these, focused on those in English. In a future blog post I’ll feature work published in other languages. 1 Ghost Signs: Brick Wall Signs in America by Wm. Stage […]
Walking tours and talks with Frank Jump
A couple of treats next week for those residing in, or visiting, New York from Frank Jump, author of the excellent ‘Fading Ads of New York City’: 1. An Illustrated Lecture and Book Signing on the evening of Wednesday, 3rd October at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. 2. Two walking tours of New York’s fading […]
Jim Power’s mosaics, a piece of New York history
‘Mosaic Man’ Jim Power profiled in this film showing his work on the Mosaic Trail, a Lower Manhattan art exhibit depicting the people and the history of the area and the city. Sadly many of his works were destroyed but he’s now on a mission to reinstate them. A bit off piste for this blog […]
Childrens Hairdressers revealed in Greenwich Village
This sign was discovered here on the Greenwich Village Daily Photo blog. It is a recent reveal soon to be covered up again, fittingly described by Ken Mac as “reverting to its time capsule status”. This development has also been picked up on Frank Jump’s Fading Ad blog and Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York blog.
Stella Artois vs Newcastle Brown Ale
Nice fun poking in New York (via Sell Sell). In Stella’s defence they did do one of the more impressive pieces of modern hand painted work in that city. That said, chalice does seem a little poncy and I’ll stick to calling a glass a glass.
Overall Murals, a New NYC Sign Painting Company
I’ve just discovered this company producing hand painted wall advertising in New York via the film below. More signwriters here.