Thank you all for coming on the Fading Ads of TriBeCa tour! Another successful OHNY event!
vintage mural ads & other signage by Frank H. Jump & friends
Today I conducted a walking tour of Greenpoint Brooklyn with Preservation Greenpoint. The tour was based on last year’s tour map- Greenpoint Fading Ads Walking Tour – Google Maps . Here are some of the images I found interesting on this trip. It was a glorious day and it was great to meet Matthew and all of the Greenpoint Preservation enthusiasts!
On Saturday, I was able to attend 3 open house NY events. The 1st was a walk through Chelsea to rediscover old NYC and the fading ads that silently adorn to the buildings as people passby without ever noticing them. The handpainted signs/ads that cling onto these old buildings tell a great story on the history of our city! Photographer, author, and NYC Historian – Frank Jump led the talks and walks with much enthusiasm & knowledge! Checkout Frank’s book & blog called ‘Fading Ads of New York City‘. He seems to have a great passion in unearthing the New York of yesteryear by discovering and examining old signs and the businesses they were representing.
Last Sunday, as part of Open House New York Weekend, we joined a walking tour of the faded ads of Tribeca.
On the faded ads of Tribeca tour, part of Open House New York Weekend.
A good 70 people turned up in the drizzle to follow the tour by local photographer and blogger Frank Jump, who since 1997 has specialised in capturing the fading advertisements, or ghost signs, of New York.
For more than 20 years photographer Frank Jump has been documenting New York’s fading ads. Slowly vanishing signs of yesteryear, the building ads are ephemera that has stubbornly persisted in our constantly changing urban landscape, in defiance of development, decay and all the other challenges conspiring against them. The most common term for such remnants is ghost signs, but Mr. Jump prefers fading ads. “I never felt comfortable with the word ghost,” he says. “I don’t really believe in ghosts.”
While some may see such remnants of the past as manifestations of loss, Mr. Jump sees them metaphors for survival. “Like myself, many of these ads have long outlived their expected lifespan,” he explained in a recent interview. In 1986, at the age of 26, Mr. Jump was diagnosed with HIV and told that he had a few good years left. Despite the discouraging prognosis, a decade later he was finishing his long-postponed college degree when he saw a massive, faded sign for Omega Oil at 145th Street and Frederick Douglas Boulevard. – CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
It’s a wonderland, this city.
Likewise, the Fading Ads of New York City tour offers a chance to stop and remember the New York that once was. The tour is directed by the remarkable Frank Jump, a documentarian and historian of these commercial artifacts for more than twenty years now, whose breadth of knowledge on the topic is unsurpassed.