Uneeda Biscuit, and other Ghost signs

Uneeda 2sign 66 2e-message from a dream

We’ve all seen these mysterious and wonderful signs in our daily landscape. As most of the products and information these signs represented are long gone, one can now see them as a different kind of art, as was their beginning.

* Ghost signs were originally painted with oil-based house paints. The paint that has survived the test of time most likely contains lead, which keeps it strongly adhered to the masonry surface. Ghost signs were often preserved through repainting the entire sign since the colors often fade over time. When ownership changed, a new sign would be painted over the old one.

Conservators today are being asked to preserve the original signs rather than painting over them. New products for consolidation are available that structurally stabilize both the components of the paint and the masonry substrate. The website Preservation Science discusses research, pertinent to ghost signs, that went into preserving the paint on the exterior of the Building Museum in Washington DC…  * Wikipedia

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2 Responses to Uneeda Biscuit, and other Ghost signs

  1. Interesting how you see these signs in the historical districts of cities all across North America.

    • These signs were fairly wide spread across the country, then sometime in “modernity” they were considered “quaint” and began disappearing. I’m happy there is now a real effort to preserve these signs as art. Some of my first paid gigs were painting exterior signs in the 60’s. Now-days I’ve been replicating some “ghost signs” for movies & TV, restaurants and attractions.

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