Previously posted on Fading Ad Blog – July 19, 2008
Fading away on brick buildings throughout Queens, “ghost signs” advertise the businesses and products of yesteryear – a form of commercial art that preserves history with a vintage touch.
But the unique signs, some of which date to the 1930s, often go unnoticed by locals and tourists because the borough does not promote its own old-fashioned flair.
“They help paint the landscape you live in,” said Frank Jump, a Queens-bred blogger who photographs ghost signs. “We’re urban-dwellers. There’s not a lot of beauty in cities. It brings you back.”
To call attention to the classic ads, Jump is pushing Borough Hall to create a trail linking them with brochures or podcasts.
- NY Daily News – Tuesday, August 24, 2010
- PHOTO GALLERY – NY Daily News
- Advocates of ghost sign trail in Queens garnering kudos from experts; BY NICHOLAS HIRSHON – Tuesday, August 24th 2010, 4:00 AM
- If these walls could talk: Photographer preserves fading glory of the city’s painted building ads BY JIM MELANSON – Saturday, December 16th 2000, 2:15AM